Overview – ACVM, Agricultural compounds & veterinary medicines

All agricultural compounds imported, manufactured, sold or used in New Zealand must be authorised under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 and Regulations.

The first thing you need to know is whether your product is considered an agricultural compound under the ACVM Act. If it is, it must be authorised. If it isn’t, you don’t have any obligations under the ACVM Act, although other legislation may apply.  (For more about this, go to the About ACVM page in the left-hand menu).

Read the document below to help you decide if the ACVM Act applies to you.

What is an agricultural compound?

Class determination

If you’re still not sure if your product is an agricultural compound, contact us. We can do a class determination to tell you the status of your product under the ACVM Act. (There is a fee for this service.) For more about this, read "Class determination" in the menu to the left.

First time applicants

If you are not familiar with ACVM processes, you may not know where to start. For example, your product may be a surfactant or an attractant/repellent or a dog shampoo and you don’t know where to look for information.

  • Most products for plants are covered in “Agricultural chemicals”.
  • Most products for animals are covered in “Veterinary medicines”.
  • Products used to limit viability of animals are covered in “Vertebrate toxic agents”.

Go to these pages for information (use the left-hand menu). If you find that you need to register your product, you may wish to hire a consultant to help you. You will find more about this in the product authorisation sections.

What you will find here

This ACVM section of the website is split into various sub-sections. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.

For detailed information on the specific ACVM requirements you need to comply with, refer to the sub-sections below that apply to your product type.

  • Veterinary medicines
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs)
  • Petfood, stock feed, supplements (oral nutritional compounds)
  • Fertilisers

Further sub-sections provide more generic information relevant to ACVM:

  • About ACVM – Find information for ACVM "beginners" and staff contact details.
  • Reports – Find ACVM operational and policy updates, reviews, compliance and other reports.
  • Forums – Find national and international forums relating to ACVMs.
  • Registers & lists – Look up details of registered ACVM products, manufacturers of veterinary medicines/VTAs, sellers of restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs), maximum residue limits (MRLs) for agricultural compounds, substances generally recognised as safe (GRAS), consultants.
  • Documents – Find a full list of documents relating to ACVM.
  • Fees & charges – You may be required to pay for services provided by MPI. Applicable fees and charges, calculated on a cost-recovery basis, are outlined here.
  • Related websites – Find national and international websites relating to ACVMs.
  • What’s new – Check this page regularly for important updates relating to ACVM.

Keeping up to date

It’s important to keep up to date with any new or revised ACVM information, including requirements, consultations, policies and other content changes. There are different ways to keep up to date – choose the methods that work best for you:

  • What’s new – Click on What’s new in the left-hand menu to read the most recent updates to ACVM.
  • Get emails – Sign up to receive the latest MPI news by email. Click on the Get emails link at the bottom of any page to sign up for email notifications.
  • Subscribe to feeds – Sign up to receive news feeds. Click on the Subscribe to feeds link at the bottom of any page to add to your list of news feeds.