Act regulates new
organisms in New Zealand. A “new organism” includes one that was not present in
New Zealand before July 29 1998, and a genetically modified organism.
You will need to make an application if the organism you
wish to import, develop, field test or release fits the definition of a
new organism and is viable (capable of living, reproducing, or
germinating under favourable conditions).
Further information about importation
If you want to import new organisms, a HSNO Act approval will
be required. It does not matter if the new organisms will be
imported as pure cultures, mixed cultures, or carried in biological samples or
on commodities. If you
cannot clearly identify the organism to be imported to species level or cannot find proof that
the organism is not a “new organism”, please contact us.
Prohibited organisms cannot be given approval.