Regulations, specifications and notices under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999

Find information and links here to legislation which is mandated under the Animal Products Act.

The purpose of the APA is to:

  • regulate the production and processing of animal material and animal products in New Zealand
  • govern the slaughter, processing and sale of some food intended for human and animal consumption, including farmed meat and wild game, seafood, honey and bee products, eggs and dairy products
  • manage physical, biological and chemical hazards that might present a risk, irrespective of where in the production or processing chain they occur
  • ensure that products produced under the Act are wholesome and truthfully labelled.

You can find out more about how the APA is applied using controls, such as Risk Management Plans (RMPs), in the sections for each food sector and in the General requirements section of the website.

Food sectors

General requirements & programmes

Regulations under the APA

Regulations under the APA include a number of Regulated Control Schemes (RCSs) and regulations which cover processing, food safety hazards and levies. You can find more about the RCSs on the page, Regulated Control Schemes in the left-hand menu, including links to the schemes themselves. Other APA regulations are as follows:

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products Regulations 2000 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Exemptions and Inclusions) Order 2000 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Fees, Charges and Levies) Regulations 2007 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Dairy) Regulations 2005 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Dairy Industry Fees and Charges) Regulations 2007 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Definition of Primary Processor) Notice 2000(External website)

Notices and Specifications under the APA

Under the APA, MPI issues Notices and Specifications to give effect to the Act and to Regulations issued under the Act. These cover a wide range of requirements for businesses producing, processing, selling, storing, transporting, importing and exporting animal and dairy products. You can find a list of the Notices and Specifications issued by MPI by searching in the elibrary. Choose Specifications & Notices in the drop down menu for publication type.

Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)

Notices are also issued to define the OMARs that MPI has negotiated with destination countries to facilitate the export of animal and dairy products from New Zealand. Because they are market-sensitive, you can only view them if you are involved with exporting. You can find out more about OMARs for animal products and how to get access to them in the Exporting section of the website.

Exporting - Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)