Other inedible animal products

If you export products made from animal materials that are not for human or animal consumption, the destination country may require them to be certified by MPI.

Note: There are no specific requirements for inedible products made from animal materials that are sold in New Zealand.

Defining inedible animal products

Inedible animal products can be defined as any product made from animal materials that is not for human or animal consumption. Common examples include:

  • hides and skins
  • animal fibres, for example wool and feathers
  • biotechnology and scientific materials
  • game trophies
  • shells
  • blood products used for biotechnology purposes or scientific materials.

When MPI certification is required

If you export inedible animal products, you need to meet the requirements set by the country where the product is being sold. These requirements may include MPI certifying your product, by giving it an official assurance, prior to export.

Check the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for the country you are exporting to.

Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)

Getting MPI certification (official assurance)

Where official assurances (certification) from MPI are required, these are issued in the form of export certificates indicating that all applicable standards have been met.

You need to comply with relevant parts of the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 regime, including the following specifications and notices:

Animal Products (Official Assurance Specifications) Notice 2005 (224 KB PDF)
Animal Products (Export Approved Premises) Notice 2006 (88 KB PDF)

Find further information on the Official Assurances Programme (OAP) in the Exporting section of this website.

Official Assurances Programme (OAP)

Registering with MPI

Under the APA, all exporters who require official assurances for the product they export must register with MPI. Find information on how to register in the Exporting section of this website.

Exporter registration