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Making new organisms "not new" by regulation

There is a process that can change the status of a "new organism" (which is regulated under the HSNO Act) to a "not new organism" (which is no longer regulated under the HSNO Act).

This change involves making new regulations which requires Cabinet approval.  

New organisms that have gone through this process and been made "not new" include the pest species Australian citrus whitefly and the varroa mite.

The general public can request new organisms to be made not new. The call for such requests occurs on an annual basis. 

Contact the New Organisms team (Ph (04) 474 5591 or email neworganisms@epa.govt.nz) for more information about this process.