Getting a veterinary medicine authorised

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use a veterinary medicine in New Zealand, it must be authorised. Find out about the different types of authorisation.

Authorisation for veterinary medicines

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

There are 4 types of authorisation for veterinary medicines:

Registration 

This authorises a specific trade name product. This type of authorisation applies to most veterinary medicines.

Provisional registration 

This lets you do trial work in New Zealand to get information on an intended trade name product. It can be used to help you decide if you should register the product in New Zealand.

Exemption from registration 

Certain product types or groups are exempted from registration, subject to conditions in the ACVM Regulations.

Approval in special circumstances 

This allows veterinary medicines to be used under strict conditions without registration or provisional registration.

Conditions of authorisation

When your veterinary medicine has been authorised, you must comply with any conditions on that authorisation. These conditions may affect some activities when:

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