What agricultural chemicals are
Find out about agricultural chemicals and the legislation that regulates them in New Zealand.
What is an agricultural chemical?
Agricultural chemicals include a range of products used on plants, from herbicides through to plant growth regulators. An agricultural chemical is an agricultural compound that you apply directly to or on plants (plants include fungi in this case).
If you're not sure if it's an agricultural chemical
A class determination will tell you what your product is classed as.
Laws for definition and use
The ACVM Act provides the legal definition of agricultural compounds (which include agricultural chemicals).
If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use an agricultural chemical in New Zealand, it must be authorised and meet requirements under the ACVM Act.
- Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 – NZ Legislation website
- Find out more about authorisation of agricultural chemicals
Other legislation controlling their use includes the:
- Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 – NZ Legislation website
- Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation website
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