Authorisation of veterinary medicines under special circumstances

Find out how to get a veterinary medicine authorised under special circumstances.

Situations that are special circumstances

Most products are authorised through registration. However, in some cases a product may be authorised under special circumstances in the following situations:

  • there is no suitable product in New Zealand
  • you want to do research or testing on a veterinary medicine that is not a trade name product (TNP)
  • it will be used under an operating plan that the Director-General of MPI (the Ministry for Primary Industries) approves.

How to get authorisation

Detailed information on getting authorisation under special circumstances is available in our guidance document.

When there is no suitable product in New Zealand

If there is no suitable authorised product in New Zealand, under 'special circumstances' the Director-General of MPI may allow the import, manufacture, sale or use of unauthorised veterinary medicines without registration.

Download and complete the Special circumstances: Import approval request form and send to us along with any other required information. Section 4 of the Guidance document: Special circumstances approval tells you what other information you need to provide.

To do research on non-trade name products

You need approval in special circumstances to do research or testing on a veterinary medicine that is not a trade name product (TNP).

For research approval, fill out the application form (product data sheet) and send it to us with all the required information. Research approval in New Zealand will help you through the process and tell you what information to provide.

To use a product under an approved operating plan

Some agricultural compounds may be authorised for use in special circumstances if the Director-General of MPI approves an operating plan. For example, if a substance is needed to manage an exotic disease or organism that is threatening New Zealand.

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