Proposed changes to the Import Health Standard for Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing

Closing Date:
Contact: Animal imports team

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on the draft amended Import Health Standard (IHS) for Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing.

The amended IHS and related guidance document clarify requirements of the Official Biosecurity Programme, which was previously known as the Offical Assurance Programme. The intent of the existing requirements remains unchanged. The consultation runs from 20 March to 3 May 2018.

Consultation documents

Draft amended IHS: Animal Products that have Undergone Third Country Processing [PDF, 479 KB]

Draft amended guidance document [PDF, 583 KB]

Making your submission

Comments on the draft amended IHS and guidance document should be sent to MPI by 5pm on 3 May 2018.

Email your submission to

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Animal Imports
Animal and Animal Products Directorate
Regulation and Assurance Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
New Zealand.

Or fax: +64 4 894 0733.

Information to include

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of this consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

Submissions received by the closure date will be considered for the final issue of this Import Health Standard. Submissions received after the closing date may be held on file for consideration when the issued Standard is next revised or reviewed.

Legal requirements

MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) import health standards under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.

An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.

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 a good reason for withholding it (refer to 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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