What is a veterinary medicine under the ACVM Act 1997?
A veterinary medicine, under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997, is any substance for directly managing an animal. It may include anything from antibiotics to dog shampoos.
What is a veterinary medicine?
Veterinary medicines include a range of products, from antibiotics through to dog shampoos. A veterinary medicine is any substance that is used (or intended for use) in the direct management of an animal. It can be a single substance, a mixture of substances, or a biological compound.
Is your product a veterinary medicine?
A class determination will tell you what your product is classed as.
Laws on ACVMs
The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 provides the legal definition of veterinary medicines.
If you want to import, manufacture, sell, and use veterinary medicines in New Zealand, they must be authorised under the ACVM Act.
- ACVM Act 1997 – NZ Legislation website
- Authorisation of veterinary medicines under the ACVM Act 1997
Other legislation controlling veterinary medicine importation, manufacture, sale and use includes the:
- Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 – NZ Legislation website
- Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation website
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