Class determinations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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