Do you need an approval?

You need approval if the organism you wish to import, develop, field test or release fits the definition of a new organism and is viable.

A “new organism” includes:

  • an organism that was not present in New Zealand before July 29 1998
  • 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).

Importing new organisms

It does not matter if the new organisms will be:

  • imported as pure cultures
  • imported as mixed cultures
  • 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.

View a list of all prohibited organisms

Other approvals

You may also need approval from the Ministry for Primary Industries  

Visit the MPI website