Medicinal Cannabis Agency - Product assessments

If you hold a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘supply’ activity (or for CBD products, a relevant Medicines Act licence), you will need to apply to the Medicinal Cannabis Agency.

If you hold a medicinal cannabis licence with a ‘supply’ activity (or for CBD products, a relevant Medicines Act licence), you will need to apply to the Medicinal Cannabis Agency for a product assessment for any:

  • medicinal cannabis products (including CBD products) intended for use by patients
  • cannabis-based ingredients (including CBD products)
  • starting material for export

The purpose of the assessment is to verify the product meets the medicinal cannabis minimum quality standard or is exempt from meeting the standard.

The product assessment must be completed, and the product must be specified on your licence, before you can make the product available for supply or export.

See the Guideline on the Regulation of Medicinal Cannabis in New Zealand Part 3: Guidance for medicinal cannabis product assessment applications for detailed information on product assessments.

Fees for product assessments

The table below lists the fees for product assessments.

What is assessed Assessment fee
 (including GST)
Consignment of starting material for export $6,037.50
Cannabis-based ingredients $7,705.00
Dried product $7,705.00
Dosage product* $15,410.00

* includes an assessment of a cannabis-based ingredient within the finished product.

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