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Containment approvals

If you are importing or manufacturing a hazardous substance in containment in New Zealand, you need a containment approval under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.

Containment approvals cover:

  • manufacture or importation of small amounts of a hazardous substance for use as an analytical standard where:
      • approval to import or manufacture the substance has been declined; or
      • the substance is a persistent organic pollutant (POP);
  • research and development of a hazardous substance;
  • formulating, relabelling, repackaging or storing a hazardous substance for export to a destination outside New Zealand.

A containment approval can be for a specific purpose, such as the use of a chemical as a test standard or a field trial of a pesticide. The key criterion is that the substance will be adequately contained. 

If you intend to import or manufacture a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) to be used as an analytical standard or for research in any laboratory, then a different application form is required. Find out more.

Do you intend to use or commercially release the substance?

If you intend to use or release a hazardous substance outside of containment, you need to make a different application.

How to apply for a containment approval

Note: to make an informed decision about your containment application we need to understand how you intend to manage the substance or substances you are seeking approval for. Please provide full details and comprehensive information about the containment system you intend to use and the substances you intend to test.

To apply for a containment approval, send us the completed application form.

Download application form

 What is the process?

 Containment applications are processed via the non-notified application pathway.

How much will a containment application cost?

The fee for this application is $575.00 (including GST).​