Exemptions from registration for veterinary medicines

Find out which veterinary medicines may be exempt from registration.

About exemptions

An exemption permits you to import, manufacture, sell, or use an agricultural compound without registration if you comply with the conditions on the exemption.

Exemptions are made by product type or group. Only groups that pose very little risk, if the products are manufactured and used properly, can be exempt. Conditions placed on the exemptions are to minimise the risk.

Exempt groups

Examples of exempted groups include:

  • some over-the-counter products (such as first aid preparations, including general disinfectants, antiseptics, and sanitisers)
  • homeopathic oral or topical preparations
  • some herbal oral or topical preparations.

Petfood, stock feed, and supplements (oral nutritional compounds) are normally exempt from registrationHowever, if therapeutic claims are made – for example, that the product treats arthritis – it becomes a veterinary medicine and requires registration. 

Find a complete list of exempt product types and conditions in the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Regulations. 

Check if your product is exempt

If you are unsure of your product’s status under the ACVM Act, we can do a class determination for you. There is a fee for this service.

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