Guidance for importers and manufacturers

There is specific guidance for importing, manufacturing and using every type of hazardous substance in New Zealand–from cosmetics to pesticides or explosives.

Hazardous substances are regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, and we set the rules for anyone who wants to import or manufacture a hazardous substance.

Many common products imported and manufactured in New Zealand are regulated as hazardous substances. Paints, glues, garden sprays, pool chemicals and cleaning products can all have hazardous properties and, if they do, are regulated as hazardous substances.

If you import or manufacture a hazardous substance (product), you are responsible for knowing its hazardous properties. You’re also responsible for making sure that you follow the rules. We have listed some important things you need to do to help you with that.

 

Top five rules for importers and manufacturers

Check out our guidance covering the top five rules for importers and manufacturers.

Cosmetics

Cosmetics containing hazardous substances must meet the standards set for that group of products.

Pesticides

Want to import or manufacture agrichemicals, timber treatments, vertebrate toxic agents, anti-fouling paints or household pesticides? Learn how here.

Veterinary medicines

Medicines for animals can contain hazardous substances and require approval before they can be imported or manufactured in New Zealand.

Explosives

Explosives must be approved before they can be imported or manufactured in New Zealand.

Laboratory chemicals

If you're planning to use your product in a laboratory, you may not need to obtain an approval.

Assigning your product to an individual approval

You may be able to assign your product to an individual approval. Here is the overview to the process.

Labelling and safety data sheets

It's important that hazardous substances are labelled correctly and consistently. Find the labelling rules that apply to your substance.

Hazardous substances databases

We have a number of databases to help you out. Four of them are specifically about hazardous substances.