Reassessment of diazinon, fenamiphos and methamidophos
We’re calling for submissions on an application to reassess the expiry dates on the approvals for three organophosphate insecticides.
Public consultation period
Evaluation and review
Hearing or consideration
Diazinon, fenamiphos, and methamidophos are used as insecticides in agriculture and biosecurity.
A previous reassessment set expiry dates on their approvals; 2028 for diazinon, 2023 for fenamiphos and methamidophos.
The Vegetable Research and Innovation Board has applied for a reassessment to extend the approvals.
On 8 May 2020, a decision-making committee decided that grounds for the reassessment existed because there was “information showing a significant change of use”.
This is being conducted as a modified reassessment. This means only certain aspects of the approval will be re-evaluated. The aspects of the approvals to be reassessed are:
- hazard classifications
- benefits, in particular in relation to the availability of alternatives
- time limitations on the approvals
- the risks associated with the use of the substances
- any interim controls required to manage the substances until the expiry date of the time limited approval.
The previous reassessment that set time limits on the approvals for diazinon, fenamiphos and methamidophos was published in 2013, and has the application code APP201045.
The application documents
Make a submission
Make a submission using the online form or complete a submission form:
Submissions close on Monday 8 November 2021 at 5.00 pm.
Please note – the submission closing date includes an extension of an additional 12 working days to the standard timeframe for notification of a reassessment (30 working days). The EPA has provided this extension to account for any impacts of elevated COVID alert levels in New Zealand on the ability of submitters to engage in the consultation process.