Proposed Animal Products Notice: Export Requirements for Official Devices

Closing Date:
Contact: Food and Live Animal Assurances

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is consulting on a consolidation of all requirements regarding supply and use of official devices into a single notice issued under the Animal Products Act 1999. The notice attempts to clarify the current requirements and proposes a number of changes to increase the robustness of the controls around official devices.

We want your feedback on the proposed notice. In particular, we want to know if you:

  • believe that the draft notice reflects current applicable requirements appropriately?
  • agree with the proposals around approved manufacturers of official devices, particularly the requirement for annual verification and renewal of approval?
  • consider whether the proposed alignment of operator verification requirements for official devices with the export verification requirements in the Official Assurance specification is appropriate?
  • have any concerns with the proposals to address controls around the use of operator and container seals?

The consultation runs from 25 October until 6 December 2019.

Consultation documents

Draft Animal Products Notice: Export Requirements for Official Devices [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Proposed Animal Products Notice for official devices: Discussion document [PDF, 569 KB]

Related document

Options paper: Controls around container and operator seals [PDF, 760 KB]

Note, the options paper was previously circulated to industry bodies in early 2019.

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on 6 December 2019 to

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

Consultation – Official Devices Notice
Food and Live Animal Assurance Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Information to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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 good reasons for withholding them.  That is explained in 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.

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