A class determination tells you whether your product is considered an agricultural compound under the ACVM Act. Find out about class determinations and how to get one.
What is a class determination?
A class determination tells you the status of your product under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997.
It is used to find out whether a Trade Name Product (TNP) requires registration before it can be imported, manufactured, sold, or used in New Zealand. Generally, agricultural compounds must be registered unless they fit an exempt category.
To do your own class determination, use the Products regulated under the ACVM Act guideline.
- Products regulated under the ACVM Act guideline [PDF, 428 KB]
Alternatively, you can get us to do a class determination for you. Fees apply for this service. Each class determination may take us up to 15 working days to complete.
Applying for a class determination
To apply for a class determination, follow the request guideline, fill out the request form, and send it to us with the product label and required fee.
- Class determination request guideline [PDF, 244 KB]
- Class determination request form [DOC, 435 KB]
- Fees for ACVM regulated and discretionary services [PDF, 186 KB]
After we make a class determination
You will receive a class determination outcome letter with the advice. CDs are valid for 3 years.
If you have to register your product
Read our information for registering different types of agricultural compound.
- Registering a veterinary medicine
- Registering an agricultural chemical
- Registering a vertebrate toxic agent
If you are importing a product that doesn' t require registration
Present your outcome letter to MPI Biosecurity New Zealand at the border. This allows your product to be released under the ACVM Act.
Check for other border requirements
Your product may require biosecurity assessment or Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) approval before it can be cleared for entry into New Zealand. Contact MPI or the Environmental Protection Authority (for HSNO approvals) for further information.
- Email email@example.com (for animals or plants)
- Contact the Environmental Protection Authority
Obligations for exempt products
Even if your agricultural compound is exempt from registration, you must comply with certain obligations when you import, manufacture, sell, or use the product in New Zealand. These obligations are explained in Obligations under the ACVM Regulations.
- Obligations under the ACVM regulations [PDF, 242 KB]
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