Export Laboratory Programme

All laboratories that test live animals, and semen and embryos (germplasm) for export must operate under the Export Laboratory Programme or the Recognised Laboratory Programme that came into effect on 31 August 2015.


Changes to the programme

Laboratories have 2 years to move to the new Recognised Laboratory Programme that came into effect on 31 August 2015. On 31 August 2017 the Export Laboratory Programme Notice will be revoked. By that date all laboratories that test live animal, and semen and embryos (germplasm) for export must be operating under the Recognised Laboratory Programme.

New laboratories that want to do export testing for live animals and germplasm need to apply for recognition under the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Laboratories.

More information is in the guidance document.

Recognised Laboratory Guidance Document [PDF, 248 KB]

Becoming a recognised laboratory

Laboratories entering the programme must complete and application form, and be:

  • audited
  • accredited to ISO 17025 by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).

Download application form for approval [PDF, 505 KB]

Recognised laboratories

Issues register

Since MPI started the programme in 2010, a few issues and questions have been raised and clarified. MPI records these clarifications in the issues register.

(Note: This is a living document and will be updated as issues are raised and clarified. Check regularly for changes because the document may be updated without formal notification).

Export Laboratory Programme Issues Register [PDF, 68 KB]

Requirements and Notices

Other information

Who to contact

If you have questions about the programme, email rlp@mpi.govt.nz

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