Before any product can be marketed for Psa control on kiwifruit, it must first be registered and/or approved. This involves satisfying both the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Group (ACVM) of Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requirements. There are a number of criteria to be satisfied – click here to view an outline of recent information regarding registration of products under the ACVM Act by ACVM.
The EPA is a government department that safeguards people and the environment by regulating the introduction and use of hazardous substances and new organisms. They do this under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.
The ACVM group is a part of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and their role is to administer the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997which covers the authorisation of ACVM products before they can be imported, manufactured, sold or used. In addition, they develop and review standards associated with agricultural chemicals, set maximum residue limits under the Food Act, and undertake compliance/investigate non-compliances associated with ACVM products.