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Approvals to import or manufacture a hazardous substance for release

You will need approval from us if you intend to import or manufacture a hazardous substance for release in New Zealand.

Is your substance hazardous?

If your substance is not hazardous, you do not need an approval.

Is your substance already approved?

If your substance is approved to be imported into New Zealand, you do not need to apply for an approval. 

How do you apply to import or manufacture a hazardous substance for release?

The application form depends on the substance:

Any confidential information should accompany the application form in the 'Confidential Appendix for all hazardous substances applications' form.

Each form provides you with the opportunity to identify whether you think your substance is eligible for a rapid assessment as per section 28A of the HSNO Act. After formally receiving your application, we will complete a pathway assessment and confirm the pathway which your application will be processed down.

Data requirements

Information on our data requirements for chemical pesticides, and our approach to toxicologically significant impurities and other components of concern, can be found here:

Rapid assessment application

To be eligible for a hazardous substance approval by rapid assessment, a substance must meet one of the following criteria:

  • It has a similar composition and similar hazardous properties to a substance that already has a HSNO approval (rapid similar); or

  • Its hazardous properties meet the criteria for low hazard (least degrees of hazard); or

  • It has been formulated so that one or more of its hazardous properties has a lesser degree of hazard than a substance that already has a HSNO approval (rapid reduced).

Rapid applications are not publicly notified.

Please note the decision to process an application through a rapid pathway is a discretionary decision and we will make this decision during the pathway assessment.

What is the process?

You will need to download the appropriate form below and send the completed and signed application to us, along with the application fee. It is recommended that you contact an Advisor at the EPA as early in the application process as possible. An Advisor can assist you with any questions you have during the preparation of your application.

See our fees and charges schedule for the relevant fee:

Once we have received your application and payment, we will assess the pathway and determine if your substance is eligible for rapid assessment. If it is not, we will inform you and you may be required to pay a further fee (dependent on the correct pathway) before we can continue processing the application.

The statutory processing time for a rapid application is 10 working days from formal receipt of an application to when the application is decided. 


View the statutory timeline for a rapid assessment application (pdf, 2,411 kb)

Full release application

If an application to release a hazardous substance is not eligible for rapid assessment, then it may proceed as a non-notified application. However, if there is likely to be significant public interest in the application, it will be publicly notified. It is recommended that you contact an Advisor at the EPA as early in the application process as possible. An Advisor can assist you with any questions you have during the preparation of your application, including providing advice on consultation requirements.

What is the process for the application?

You will need to download the appropriate form below and send the completed and signed application to us, along with the application fee.

See our fees and charges schedule for the relevant fee:

Once we have received your application and payment, we will assess the pathway and determine if your application will need to be publically notified or not. Once this pathway assessment is complete we will inform you of the outcome. You may be required to pay a further cost if your initial fee did not cover the full cost before we can continue processing the application. 

You will need to undertake consultation with Māori if risks of significance to Māori are identified either in your application form or by the EPA staff. 

Read our guidance on consultation for applicants.​

The statutory timeframes are dependent on whether the application is notified or not.

View the statutory timeline for a notified application (pdf, 170 kb).

 

View the statutory timeline for a non-notified application (pdf, 148 kb).

 

Application forms

Pesticide application:

Download Application Form


 

 

Veterinary Medicine application:



Hazardous Substance (other than pesticides and veterinary medicines) application:

Download Application Form

Hazardous Substances application form

[Word, 409 kb]

 

Hazardous Substances  application form  

          (Mac Compatible)

[Word, 578 kb]








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