Biosecurity Act 1993

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Biosecurity Act
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New Zealand Parliament
Royal assent26 August 1993
Commenced1 October 1993
Administered byMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry
Amended by
Biosecurity Amendment Act (No 2) 2008
Status: Current legislation

Biosecurity Act 1993 is an Act of Parliament in New Zealand. The Act is a restatement and reform of the laws relating to pests and other unwanted organisms.[1] It was a world first.[2]

In the Act an unwanted organism is one that "is capable or potentially capable of causing unwanted harm to any natural and physical resources or human health" and a restricted organism means "any organism for which a containment approval has been granted in accordance with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996".

Part 5 of the Act provides for a National Pest Management Strategy and Regional Pest Management Strategy.[3]

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  1. ^ Tayor, Rowan; Smith Ian, eds. (1997). The State of New Zealand's Environment. Wellington: Ministry for the Environment, GP Publications. ISBN 0-478-09000-5. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. ^ MAF Biosecurity New Zealand. Biosecurity, Policy and Risk Directorate (2009). Review of key parts of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (PDF). [Wellington, N.Z.]: MAF Biosecurity New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-478-35734-9.
  3. ^ "The Accord and pest management strategies – what is the difference?" (PDF). Biosecurity New Zealand. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2009.

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