What vertebrate toxic agents are

Find out about vertebrate toxic agents and the legislation that regulates them.

What is a vertebrate toxic agent?

Vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs) are agricultural compounds that are used to kill or control vertebrate pests like rabbits, possums, and rodents. They include products that affect reproduction.

Attractants or repellents that aren’t toxic to vertebrates are not VTAs.

If you're not sure if your product is a VTA

A class determination will tell you what your product is classed as.

Laws for vertebrate toxic agents

Vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs) are a type of agricultural compound. You can read the legal definition of an agricultural compound in the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997. 

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use a VTA in New Zealand, it must be authorised under the ACVM Act.

Other legislation controlling importation, manufacture, sale, and use of VTAs includes the:

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