New organisms

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

About new organisms

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

Prohibited organisms

Snakes, squirrels and sticklebacks are all prohibited from entering New Zealand. You need to confirm that your new organism is not on the prohibited list.

Changing the status of a new organism

A new organism present in New Zealand can have its status as “new” removed.

Applying for approval

There are several types of new organism applications. Work out if you need approval and which application you should make.

Biological control agents

We explain what biological control agents are, how they work, and our role in ensuring they are safe for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Genetically-modified organisms field tests

In a field test or outdoor development, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are kept within outdoor enclosures with physical barriers.