Draft IHS for importing pig semen

Closing Date:

Contact: Animal imports team

Email: animalimports@mpi.govt.nz

Update – 21 July

From 21 July 2017 to 18 August 2017 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on the proposed changes to the Risk Management Proposal (RMP) and Import Health Standard (IHS) for pig semen in relation to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus. MPI is not seeking comment on the content of the remainder of these documents as that consultation period was closed on 24 January 2017. The reason for the re-consultation of the PRRS requirements is that the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Code) chapter for Infection with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus was adopted at the OIE General Session (May 2017). MPI is proposing to align the PRRS requirements in these documents to the Code chapter for PRRS.

Consultation documents

Have your say

From 24 November 2016 to 24 January 2017 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the import health standard (IHS) for pig semen.

The proposed changes relate to the:

  • removal of bovine viral diarrhoea virus and swine vesicular disease virus measures
  • revision of Brucella suis measures
  • alignment of the general requirements with international standards.

Additionally, MPI seeks comment on the document Recognition of Export Controls and Certification Systems for Animals and Animal Products. This document outlines the information needed by MPI to do an assessment of an exporting country's systems against the requirements of the IHS.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Related document

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 24 January 2017 to animalimports@mpi.govt.nz

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Animal Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended import health standard (IHS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we've considered all submissions, we publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give authorised people a chance to ask for an independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993). If there's no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

Legal background

MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) import health standards (IHS) under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.

An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.

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