Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Approvals to release biocontrol agents

A queen German wasp, <em>Vespula germanica</em>.

Decisions about whether or not beneficial organisms can be released are made by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and before that by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA).

The decision-making process used is believed by many to be the best and most thorough in the world.

All species approved for release must initially come into a containment facility until permission to remove them is granted by MAF pending evidence of their correct identity and freedom from any diseases or other unwanted organisms.