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Proposed changes to the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011.  These regulations outline groups of products exempt from registration under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 and prohibit certain substances from being used as agricultural compounds.


ACVM products are subject to a system of regulatory oversight to prevent or manage risks associated with their use. This includes risks to public health, trade in primary produce, animal welfare, and agricultural security. The regulatory oversight also ensures that agricultural compound use does not result in breaches of domestic residue food standards, and that consumers are provided with sufficient information about agricultural compounds.

The proposals

The proposed changes seek to:

  • add new compound groups to enable more products to be exempt
  • provide more clarity to existing exemptions
  • amend some individual regulations to incorporate new information such as definitions.

MPI expects that the proposed new exempt groups will facilitate access to new products, benefiting both industry and users. Managing these products by exemption will also benefit industry by avoiding registration costs.

MPI is particularly interested in understanding if any additional costs may be imposed through these changes, especially where risk profiles for some product groups are proposed to change.  Your responses will enable MPI to better understand the effects of the proposed changes on you or your business before final recommendations are made.

The consultation runs from 7 September 2017 to 19 October 2017.  

Consultation document

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation documents by 5pm on 19 October 2017 to

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if applicable)
  • your address

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

ACVM Regulations Proposals
Ministry for Primary Industries
Food Policy Team
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.