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Importing and manufacturing

All hazardous substances that are imported or manufactured in New Zealand require approval before you can use them.

If you have a product you want to import or manufacture, choose from one of the categories below for more information on how to make an application.

Workplace products

Process chemicals, solvents, paints, adhesives and cleaners.

Household products

Detergents, cleaners and soap powders.


Make-up, toiletries, sunscreens, oral and personal care products.


Agrichemicals, timber treatments, vertebrate toxic agents and anti-fouling paints.

Veterinary medicines

Medicines used in the direct management of an animal.

Laboratory chemicals

Chemicals and substances used in the laboratory.


Fireworks, pyrotechnics, detonators, blasting explosives, gunpowder.

Tattoo inks and permanent makeup

To help importers, manufacturers and suppliers of inks understand how they can manage the risks associated with tattoos and permanent make-up, a set of guidelines has also been developed to accompany the standard.

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