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Working paper

Regulatory Issues in Biosecurity (WP 01/23)

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Saturday, 1 December 2001
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JEL classification: 
H40 - Publicly Provided Goods: General
K32 - Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
Q17 - Agriculture in International Trade
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The management of biosecurity risks (risks to the production sector, to indigenous biodiversity, and to public health) involves the exercise of extensive regulatory powers both at the border and within New Zealand. This paper reviews the Biosecurity Act 1993, paying particular attention to its requirements for risk analysis and decision-making. These are generally of a high standard. Requirements at the border are significantly influenced by New Zealand's trading obligations and opportunities. Requirements for domestic pest management strategies are elaborate but can be sidestepped. Cost recovery practices for biosecurity differ widely and have been controversial.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007