Getting a veterinary medicine authorised

In New Zealand, veterinary medicines have to be properly authorised. Find out about the different types of authorisation.

Authorisation for veterinary medicines

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use a veterinary medicine in New Zealand, it must be authorised under the ACVM Act and Regulations.

There are 4 types of authorisation for veterinary medicines:


This authorises a specific trade name product (TNP). This type of authorisation applies to most veterinary medicines.  

Provisional registration 

This lets you do trial work to get information on a TNP beyond what you need for New Zealand registration. It also lets you determine whether the product should be registered in New Zealand.

Exemption from registration under Regulations 

Certain product types or groups are exempted from registration, subject to conditions in the ACVM Regulations.

Approval in special circumstances 

This allows veterinary medicines to be used under strict conditions without registration or provisional registration.

When your veterinary medicine has been authorised, you must comply with any conditions on that authorisation. These conditions may limit aspects of the following activities:

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