The Biosecurity Organisms Register for Imported Commodities (BORIC)

BORIC is a record of organisms which may be linked to plants or plant products imported into New Zealand.

BORIC can be searched (offsite link to by the genus and/or species, or by the common name of the organism. These organisms can be anything from slugs, mites and spiders to a fungus or virus. BORIC will tell you if the quarantine status for each organism is regulated or non-regulated.

For organisms not listed in BORIC contact the Plant Imports Group:

  • Plant Imports Group
    MPI Biosecurity New Zealand
    PO Box 2526
  • Phone: +64 4 894 0862
    Fax: +64 4 894 0662
  • Email the Plant Imports Group

Quarantine Status of Organisms

MPI Biosecurity New Zealand categorises pests associated with plants and plant products into regulated and non-regulated pests. Measures are developed for the prevention of entry and or establishment of regulated pests in New Zealand in accordance with the appropriate FAO International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM).

Regulated pests are those pests for which measures and actions would be undertaken if they were intercepted or detected. As well as quarantine pests, these also include new organisms as defined by the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, organisms that may be of concern to other government biosecurity agencies, vectors of associated quarantine pests, strains of non-regulated pests that are not present in New Zealand and contaminants that could be imported commodities in their own right. For example, seeds of Lolium perenne (ryegrass) are frequently found as contaminants of arable crop seed and are categorised as regulated.

Non-regulated pests are those pests for which action would not be undertaken if they were intercepted or detected.

The quarantine categories are defined as follows:

Regulated pest
A quarantine pest or a regulated non-quarantine pest [IPPC, 1997]

Quarantine pest
A pest of potential economic importance to the area endangered thereby and not yet present there, or present but not widely distributed and being officially controlled [FAO, 1990; revised FAO, 1995; IPPC 1997]

Regulated non-quarantine pest
A non-quarantine pest whose presence in plants for planting affects the intended use of those plants with an economically unacceptable impact and which is therefore regulated within the territory of the importing contracting party [IPPC, 1997]

Non-regulated pest
A non-quarantine pest, but not a regulated non-quarantine pest, with no potential to vector a regulated pest into New Zealand.

Non-quarantine pest
Pest that is not a quarantine pest for an area [FAO, 1995]

Page last updated: 10 July 2014