Registering for the National Microbiological Database (NMD) programme

If you're a primary processor of meat, poultry, game, or ratites (such as emus), you must register in the National Microbiological Database (NMD) programme and get samples from your premises regularly tested. 

Who needs to register

You must register your premises with the NMD programme if you are a primary processor of:

  • cattle (and other bovine animals)
  • bobby calves
  • goats
  • deer
  • emus
  • ostriches
  • sheep
  • pigs
  • poultry.

You are a primary processor if you receive live animals for slaughter, dressing or processing into products for human consumption. This applies whether the animal products are for export or for sale in New Zealand.

How to register

To register in the NMD programme you need to fill out an NMD demographic form with:

  • contact details for your premises
  • information about the lab that does your testing
  • details of animal processing.

You need to complete a separate form for each animal type. 

Email your completed form to the NMD administrator at

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