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Proposed changes to the Import Health Standard for Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing

Update – 5 November 2018

Final IHS

The final import health standard (IHS) was issued.

Background to consultation

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought feedback on the draft amended Import Health Standard (IHS) for Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing.

The amended IHS and related guidance document clarify requirements of the Official Biosecurity Programme, which was previously known as the Offical Assurance Programme. The intent of the existing requirements remains unchanged. 

Consultation documents

Draft amended IHS: Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing [PDF, 479 KB]

Draft amended guidance document [PDF, 583 KB]

Related documents

Making your submission

Submission closed at 5pm on 3 May 2018.

All submissions received by the closing date were considered for the final issue of this Import Health Standard. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued Standard is next revised or reviewed.

Legal requirements

MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) import health standards under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.

An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it (refer to 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 that 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 tell us to release it.