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Proposed changes to the import health standard for returned New Zealand animal products

Have your say

From 17 February 2022 to 11 March 2022, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard: Returned New Zealand Animal Products.

The amended import health standard (IHS):

  • includes an import pathway for New Zealand animal products that are subjected to a tracking and tracing system
  • Includes a new provision for returned New Zealand animal germplasm
  • has revised documentation requirements
  • clarifies inspection requirements.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Draft IHS for Returned New Zealand Animal Products [PDF, 401 KB]

Risk management proposal: Returned New Zealand animal products [PDF, 207 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft before 5pm on 11 March 2022 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 you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address, and email).

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

Animal Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended IHS is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After consultation on a draft import health standard, MPI publishes a provisional IHS.

If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.

If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional IHS is confirmed and the final IHS is issued.

For more information about reviews, refer to Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation

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