New organisms

Organisms are living things that can grow, multiply or react with other organisms. We must be sure of their potential for New Zealand before they're approved.

About new organisms

Our economy relies on organisms that are not native to New Zealand. We need to assess and manage the risks of introducing new organisms into New Zealand.

Rules for new organisms

New organisms should benefit New Zealand without harming the environment. Find out if an organism is new and how the application process works.

Applying for approval

There are several types of new organism applications. Work out if you need approval and which application you should make.

Biological control agents

Biological control agents (or BCAs) are a way of managing pests, such as weeds and insects, safely, sustainably, and cost-effectively.