Selling restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs) under the ACVM Act 1997
Restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs) are vet medicines with conditions of sale and use under the ACVM Act 1997. To sell RVMs in New Zealand, you must have an MPI-approved operating plan.
What are restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs)?
Many veterinary medicines registered under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 have conditions restricting their sale, purchase, and use. These products are called 'restricted veterinary medicines' (RVMs).
Operating plan needed to sell RVMs
RVM sellers must operate under an MPI-approved operating plan. By 'operating plan', we mean the quality system and collection of documents and procedures that are used to control the sale of RVMs and comply with the conditions of registration for these products.
Veterinarians who supply RVMs only in regard to authorisations issued by themselves or by other veterinarians in the same veterinary practice are not required to have an MPI-approved operating plan.
To become an approved RVM seller, you need to complete the Operating Plan Template for Sellers of RVMs.
- Guidance on operating plans for restricted veterinary medicine (RVM) sellers [PDF, 180 KB]
- Operating plan template for sellers of restricted veterinary medicines - ACVM 28 (RVMs) [DOC, 554 KB]
Alternatively, you may submit an operating plan in a different format, provided ACVM expectations for sellers of RVMs are met.
List of RVM sellers with approved operating plans
When an operating plan is approved, the RVM seller’s details are placed on our website list.
If you need to know whether a company/individual that is not on this list can legally supply RVMs, contact us:
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