Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Act 2003

Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Act 2003

Public Act2003 No 55
Date of assent17 October 2003

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on 30 October 2003.

3 Director-General to withhold information
  • (1) Section 12(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words immediately notify, and substituting the words make all reasonable efforts to contact and notify immediately.

    (2) Section 12 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (4), and substituting the following subsection:

    • (4) The Director-General may release the information or withhold the information in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982 if—

      • (a) the Director-General has complied with subsection (2); and

      • (b) the time limit specified in subsection (3) has expired.

4 Waiver of notification
  • Section 15 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (2), and substituting the following subsections:

    • (2) The Director-General may waive the requirement to notify an application in accordance with section 14 if, in the Director-General's opinion, a trade name product is likely to be required for use in—

      • (a) a biosecurity emergency declared under section 144 of the Biosecurity Act 1993; or

      • (b) a special emergency declared under section 49B of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.

    • (3) The Director-General may waive the requirement to notify an application in accordance with section 14 if—

      • (a) the trade name product is not, and does not contain, a hazardous substance or new organism (within the meaning of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996); and

      • (b) the Minister has advised the Director-General in writing that—

        • (i) an emergency has arisen under this Act; and

        • (ii) the Minister agrees to the Director-General considering whether to grant a waiver; and

      • (c) the Director-General is of the opinion that the trade name product is likely to be required for use in the emergency.


Legislative history

9 October 2003Divided from New Organisms and Other Matters Bill (Bill 47-2) as Bill 47-3B
14 October 2003Third reading