What veterinary medicines are
Find out about veterinary medicines and the legislation that regulates them.
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.
If you're not sure if your product is a vet medicine
A class determination will tell you what your product is classed as.
Laws for 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.
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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