Proposal to change the classification system for hazardous substances in New Zealand

The submission period on our proposal to update the current classification framework for hazardous substances to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 7 (2017), has closed.

GHS consultation update

30 January 2020

The submission period closed on 9 January 2020.

We received 71 public submissions, which we are now reviewing and analysing. We will produce a submissions analysis report by May 2020.

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

The GHS is an internationally agreed system developed by the United Nations to classify chemicals and communicate their hazards through labels and safety data sheets. If adopted, it will ensure an internationally-aligned classification system for hazardous substances that facilitates trade, increases efficiency in chemicals management, and enhances the effectiveness of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.

If GHS 7 is adopted, a new EPA Classification Notice will be issued that incorporates GHS 7 by reference. This Notice would align with the EPA Labelling and Safety Data Sheet Notices, which already require compliance with the GHS.

Having the classification system and compliance requirements aligned will reduce complexity for everyone. We see a lot of benefits to adopting GHS, but are also mindful that there are costs and resource implications for others in doing this.

The consultation document

Read the consultation document (pdf, 1.27MB)