Selling veterinary medicines

Find information about the requirements you must meet if you want to sell a veterinary medicine in New Zealand.


Selling exempt veterinary medicines

Certain veterinary medicines are exempt from registration and have no restrictions on their sale. Anyone can sell them. 

However, promoting or advertising these products must be consistent with the conditions of exemption. The conditions are listed here:

Selling unrestricted registered veterinary medicines

There are no restrictions on the sale of unrestricted veterinary medicines.

Anyone can sell these medicines as long as the product is maintained properly — that is, it conforms to the specifications approved during registration.

Promoting or advertising these products must be consistent with the conditions of registration. To see these conditions, check the ACVM product register: 

For general information about advertising and promotion, read:

Selling restricted registered veterinary medicines

Restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs) have extra restrictions on their sale, purchase, and use. You need authorisation to buy and use them. 

Promoting or advertising these products must be consistent with the conditions of registration. To see these conditions, check the ACVM product register: 

For general information about advertising and promotion, read:

RVM sellers must operate under an MPI-approved operating plan. By "operating plan", we mean the quality system and collection of documents, procedures, and so on used to control the sale of RVMs and comply with the conditions of registration for these products. This includes checking authorisations for sale.

NOTE: If you are a veterinarian supplying RVMs only for veterinary authorisations you or other veterinarians in your practice issue, you are not required to have an MPI-approved operating plan.

To become an approved RVM seller, complete the operating plan template for sellers of RVMs. Alternatively, you may submit an operating plan in a different format, provided you meet ACVM expectations for sellers of RVMs.

As operating plans are approved, the RVM seller’s details are placed on our website list.

If you need to know whether a company or individual that is not on this list can legally supply RVMs, contact us.

Selling hormonal growth promotants (HGPs)

HGPs are a type of restricted veterinary medicine, so they have the same registration conditions as RVMs, including conditions that relate to sale.

Those in the supply chain of HGP distribution and sales must have a seller’s operating plan approved under section 28 of the ACVM Act. This requirement applies to:

  • registrants
  • importing agents or freight forwarders
  • distributors and wholesalers
  • New Zealand manufacturers
  • veterinary practices servicing a veterinary authorisation issued by another veterinary practice (a veterinary practice servicing its own HGP clients does not need the operating plan).

To become an approved HGP seller, complete the operating plan template for sellers of HGPs. Alternatively, you may submit an operating plan in a different format, provided you meet ACVM expectations for sellers of HGPs.

Authorising purchase and use of RVMs (including HGPs)

All veterinarians with current practising certificates issued by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) are recognised to issue veterinary authorisations for the purchase and use of restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs).

A few registered products, such as vaccines to control exotic diseases, have conditions of registration that allow an alternative to veterinary authorisation via an approved operating plan.

 

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