Authorisation of ACVMs

Find out about getting agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines (ACVMs) authorised for import, manufacture, sale, or use in New Zealand.

ACVM products must be authorised

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use an ACVM in New Zealand, it must be authorised under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 and Regulations.

Authorisation of ACVMs may be through:

  • registration – for products that need individual assessment and approval
  • exemption – for certain products that have already been assessed as a group.

Authorisation is part of the ACVM risk management process.

Find out if your product is an ACVM

ACVMs are agricultural compounds – substances used to manage the health and growth of plants and animals.

If you’re not sure whether your product is an agricultural compound, a class determination will tell you its status under the Act.

If your product is not an ACVM, you don't have any obligations under the ACVM Act, but other legislation may still apply. 

Get your product authorised

If you’re not familiar with ACVM processes, you may not know where to start. Check these pages first:

If you find that you need to register your product, you may wish to hire a consultant to help you. As the regulatory body, MPI cannot provide consultation through the registration process.

Listed consultants are not MPI-endorsed. They nominate their own areas of expertise – select the relevant area from the drop-down list.

Find out more

Keep up-to-date

It’s important to keep up with any new or revised ACVM information, including requirements, consultations, policies, and other content changes.

Who to contact 

If you have questions about ACVMs, email 

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