Microorganisms must meet certain requirements to be imported into New Zealand. Strict biosecurity measures are in place for importing them. Each application to import a microorganism is assessed on a case by case basis.
- IHS for microorganisms from all countries
- Permit application to import biological products, microorganisms and cell cultures
- Declaration form for potential risk goods in catalogues
- Standard for facilities for micro-organism and cell cultures
- Unwanted organisms database
- Search the HSNO Application Register
Types of microorganisms you can import
Viable microorganisms that can be imported into New Zealand include:
- unicellular algae.
Products containing microorganisms can be imported for:
- the isolation and enrichment of microorganisms, for example meat or dairy samples for food safety
- laboratory research, diagnostic and analytical purposes (including equipment calibration and method validation)
- environmental use like bioinsecticides
- veterinary medicines and supplements.
Who to contact
If you have any questions about importing microorganisms:
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For urgent problems, call 0800 00 83 33 (NZ only)