Making an application
Whether you are importing, moving or using a new hazardous substance, you will need to go through an application process. We can guide you through this.
Anyone can apply to have a substance reassessed or amend an approval. There are a number of different ways to go about this, depending on the situation.
If you are importing or manufacturing a hazardous substance for use, not in containment, in New Zealand, you will need a release approval.
If you are importing or manufacturing a hazardous substance in containment in New Zealand, you need a containment approval.
When a hazardous substance is in New Zealand temporarily, it still needs approval. A transhipment approval is needed to cover this activity.
Products with asbestos can only be imported into New Zealand under certain circumstances.
You must apply for an import certificate to import an approved explosive.
Approval for the importation and manufacture of children's graphic materials is given under a Group Standard.
In an emergency you may need to use a substance in a way that is not approved. You can apply for an emergency approval to do so.
Some approved substances require a permission before you can use them. Find out which substances require a permission and how to apply.
If you are unsure whether your substance is hazardous or is covered by an existing approval you can apply for a formal determination.
Any changes to the formulation or use of VTAs are required to be notified to the EPA. This page tells you how to do this.
The procedure for processing an application varies depending on the application type. Read more about what these steps are.