Agricultural chemical registration under the ACVM Act 1997
To be imported, manufactured, sold, or used in New Zealand, an agricultural chemical must be registered under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997. Find out how to apply to register an agricultural chemical.
About agricultural chemical registration
Registration authorises your product for import, manufacture, sale, or use in New Zealand. It is an approval to market a trade name product.
All registered agricultural chemicals have some conditions on their registration to manage risks. For example, they must be manufactured according to the specifications approved during registration.
Register an agricultural chemical
To register your agricultural chemical, you need to fill out the application form and send it to us along with the required information outlined in the information requirements document and on the application form
You'll need to provide a completed product data sheet. Follow our guideline for help completing it.
- Product data sheet guideline - agricultural chemical [PDF, 294 KB]
- Product data sheet - agricultural chemical - Form ACVM 1-3 [DOC, 318 KB]
Renew agricultural chemical registration
Use the renewal of registration form if it's an application to renew registration of a product.
Information needed to support for registration application
You may need other documents and information specific to your application, relating to:
- data protection
- crop safety
Find out what you need:
Information requirements: registering an agricultural chemical in New Zealand [PDF, 90 KB] [PDF, 127 KB]
Agcarm also has a labelling guide for its members.
If your product has an active ingredient that has not been assessed in New Zealand before, a maximum residue level (MRL) may need to be set. We'll do this as part of your application.
Consider using an ACVM consultant
If you are unsure how to register your product, consider hiring a consultant to help you. As the regulatory body, the MPI can't provide consultation services through the registration process. Listed consultants are not MPI-endorsed. They nominate their own areas of expertise – check the key at the bottom of the consultants list.
Before an application can be processed, MPI or a third party assesses all required data. This is generally quicker if you use an independent assessor.
Data assessment reports must be done by an independent assessor. You can't use in-house assessors or assessors related to your company. Your registration consultant can't also be your data assessor.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the person doing the data assessment has appropriate qualifications. If a data assessor is not on our list below, you must include their CV with your application.
Templates for data assessment reports are available in our list of agricultural chemicals documents.
If you think you may not need to provide some of the required information, read:
Request a change to an agricultural chemical registration
To make a change to your product registration, you need 2 forms:
- Variation to registration of an ACVM product: Application form ACVM 1V [DOC, 481 KB]
- One of the ACVM forms 6 to 14, depending on the type of change (check the list in section 6 of the variation form).
Download the relevant form from the list of documents.
What we charge
- Estimated fees for ACVM regulatory assessment of agricultural chemicals [PDF, 219 KB]
- Fees for ACVM regulated and discretionary services (includes data assessment) [PDF, 158 KB]