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Importing and manufacturing hazardous substances

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Importers and manufacturers of hazardous substances must meet certain requirements.  Two important requirements are to:

1. Supply your business contact information to the EPA.

2. Ensure your hazardous substances have an EPA approval.

Supply business contact information

If you import or manufacture a hazardous substance, you must supply the EPA with business contact information. Do this online, it should only take a few minutes, by clicking the link below. 


Read the guidance document for help.

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 Get an EPA approval

All hazardous substances that are imported or manufactured in New Zealand require EPA approval. 

Your substance might be covered by a ‘group standard’ or by one of the many existing approvals.

Choose from one of the categories below for more information on how to make an application for an approval.

If you’re planning to submit an application or proposal to the EPA, you may need to engage with Māori groups whose interests could be affected by the application.

Read the Māori engagement guideline for hazardous substances notified applications (pdf, 510 kb)

Get some advice

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand, (HASANZ),  is the umbrella organisation representing workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand, including  the NZ Institute of Hazardous Substances Management (NZIHSM).

NZIHSM members protect people and communities from the adverse effects of hazardous substances. They provide businesses with advice on the safe storage and use of hazardous substances in an environmentally acceptable way that meets legal requirements, and assist with certifying sites.  If you are seeking advice we recommend you contact HASANZ on: 

HASANZ website

Types of hazardous substances

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.

1080 - Sodium fluoroacetate

Import requirements for sodium fluoroacetate (1080).


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.

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