Selling vertebrate toxic agents

Find out what requirements you need to meet if you want to sell VTAs in New Zealand.


Before selling a VTA

All VTA trade name products must be registered before they may be promoted, advertised, or sold. If you're selling one of these products, you must not alter it in any way – for example, by repackaging it. You must also ensure that any information provided by the manufacturer is passed on to the user. This includes bulk supplies.

VTA products with unrestricted sale and use 

These VTA products (commonly called over-the-counter or OTC products) have:

  • no restriction on their sale
  • no expectation that they would have to be traced back through the wholesale or retail trade, and
  • no notification requirements before or during use, or any requirement to place signage in areas where the products are used.

This group of products mostly consists of poisons used in small quantities for domestic, noncommercial pest-control purposes.

Unrestricted sale and use VTA trade name products may be promoted and advertised in a responsible way that ensures that potential users are properly informed about the products. Promoting or advertising these products must be consistent with the conditions of registration.

Sellers must not

  • misrepresent products in any advertisement or promotion, or
  • make additional claims or promote any off-label use.

For general information about advertising and promotion, read

VTA products with restricted sale, unrestricted use 

These are products that require

  • additional instruction or advice (over and above the label information) at the point-of-sale to ensure that they are used safely and appropriately, or
  • additional recording and reporting of distribution or sales.

This group includes some products that are used for commercial pest control purposes. These products can be sold only by persons approved by MPI. They may be required to maintain records of sale, particularly if it is considered necessary to have a trace back capability. Users purchasing such products will not have to be approved.

Promoting or advertising these products must be consistent with the conditions of registration.

Sellers must not

  • misrepresent products in any advertisement or promotion, or
  • make additional claims or promote any off-label use.

For general information about advertising and promotion, read

VTA products with restricted sale and use 

These are products that have conditions on both the sellers and the users of the products. They are not considered sufficiently safe to use unless:

  • they are manufactured in accordance with the approved specifications
  • persons selling the products are approved by MPI, and
  • users are approved by MPI.

Restricted sale and use VTA trade name products must not be promoted or advertised.

For more information, read

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