New organisms

Organisms are living things that can grow, multiply or react with other organisms. We must be sure of their potential for New Zealand before they're approved.

About new organisms

Our economy relies on organisms that are not native to New Zealand. We need to assess and manage the risks of introducing new organisms into New Zealand.

Rules for new organisms

New organisms should benefit New Zealand without harming the environment. Find out if an organism is new and how the application process works.

Applying for approval

There are several types of new organism applications. Determine if approval is required and which application should be used.