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Check if your substance is approved

To find out whether or not your product is a hazardous substance and is covered by an existing approval, follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Is your product exempt from the HSNO Act?

Some products, such as foods and human medicines are exempt from the HSNO Act. 


If your product is a pesticide, veterinary medicine, timber treatment chemical, fumigant or vertebrate toxic agent, go to Step 3.

STEP 2: Is your product a single chemical?

If no – go to Step 3

If yes –

  1. Check the HSNO Chemical Classification and Information Database (CCID) to see if it is already approved. If it is approved, no further action is required. 
  2. If it does not appear on the CCID, see if it is on our inventory of chemicals (NZIoC).


If your product is a single chemical that is hazardous and it does not appear on the NZIoC, you will need to make an application for an approval.

 

STEP 3: Is your product hazardous?

If your product has one or more hazardous properties it must be approved under the HSNO Act. Non-hazardous substances do not require an approval.

To classify your product yourself follow the rules in our classification guide. 


If your substance does not have any hazardous properties, it is exempt from the HSNO Act and you do not have to take any further action.

If your substance is hazardous, proceed to Step 4.

If your product is a pesticide, veterinary medicine, timber treatment chemical, fumigant or vertebrate toxic agent go to Step 6.

STEP 4: Are all the hazardous components of your product on the New Zealand Inventory of Chemicals (NZIoC)?

To be covered by a group standard approval, all the hazardous components of your substance must appear on the NZIoC.

 


If you have a hazardous component that does not appear on the NZIoC you will need to notify the EPA of the new chemical component. 

STEP 5: Assign the product to a group standard

Group standards are based on the use and/or the hazardous properties of a product. To determine which group standard your product fits, find a group standard from the list that matches the use and hazard properties of your product. Then check the Section 3 “Scope” of the group standard to make sure your product is covered.

If your product doesn’t match a group standard you will need to make an application. 

 

STEP 6:    Matching pesticides veterinary medicines, timber treatment chemicals, fumigants or vertebrate toxic agents

Check the controls for approved hazardous substances database for products already approved with the same active.   

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