Exemptions from registration for veterinary medicines

Find information on what veterinary medicines may be exempt from registration under the ACVM Regulations.


Exemptions under Regulations are conditional

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

Exemptions are done by product types or groups. 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 ensure minimal risk.

A complete list of exempted product types and conditions is included in New Zealand Legislation: 

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 certain claims are made for one of these products—for example, that it treats arthritis—it becomes a veterinary medicine and is likely to require registration. Find out more:

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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