Class determinations

A class determination tells you whether your product is considered an agricultural compound under the ACVM Act. Find out about class determinations and how to apply for one.


What is a class determination?

A class determination tells you the regulatory status of a trade name product (TNP) under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997.

It is a process to determine whether a TNP requires registration before it can be imported, manufactured, sold, or used in New Zealand. Generally, products that meet the definition of an agricultural compound in the ACVM Act must be registered unless they fit one of the exempt categories.

If you want to do your own class determination, you can do so using the following information:

Alternatively, you can get us to do a class determination for you. Fees apply for this service. Each class determination may take up to 15 working days for us to complete.

Applying for a class determination

To apply for a class determination, follow the guideline, fill out the application form, and send it to us with the product label and the required fee.

Obligations for exempt products

Even if your agricultural compound is exempt from registration under the ACVM Regulations, you must comply with statutory obligations when you import, manufacture, sell, or use the product in New Zealand. These obligations are explained in:

After a class determination is made

You will receive a Class Determination Outcome Letter advising you of the decision made. All decisions are final and valid for three years.

If you have to register your product, you'll need a registration package and other relevant information.

If you are importing a product that does not require registration, you can present your Outcome Letter to MPI Biosecurity New Zealand at the border. This allows your product to be released under the ACVM Act.

Biosecurity clearance or HSNO approval may be necessary before your product can be cleared for entry into New Zealand. Contact MPI or the Environmental Protection Authority for further information.

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