Report concerns about possible non-compliance
How to contact us and raise a concern.
For all technical queries about hazardous substance applications and compliance:
Enforcement of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act
You can contact us and raise a concern about enforcement of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act. We are responsible for ensuring certain provisions of the Act are enforced, such as the requirement for a hazardous substance to have an approval before being imported or manufactured and other requirements imposed by an EPA notice such as labelling, safety data sheets and packaging.
Enforcement relating to hazardous substances and new organisms is also assigned to a range of other enforcement agencies, who have responsibility for specific areas. Enforcement agencies may work together, or transfer functions to other enforcement agencies.
Below you can see which enforcement agencies are responsible for which areas.
New organisms enforcement
You can contact the Ministry for Primary Industries about new organisms enforcement
Hazardous substances in places of work
Hazardous substances in relation to travel and transport
In (or on) any motor or rail vehicle; on any road or railway line:
In (or on) any aircraft:
In (or on) any ship:
Hazardous substances at the border
Hazardous substances in relation to public health
Where it is necessary to protect public health:
Hazardous substances in relation to distribution systems, gas installations and gas appliances
In, on, at, or around any distribution system, gas installation or gas appliance:
Hazardous substances at all other premises, including any premises where the RMA is being enforced
Territorial authorities (city or district councils) are responsible for enforcement in (or on) any premises situated within their district, other than those mentioned above.
A territorial authority may enforce the HSNO Act if they are on the premises for the purpose of enforcing the Resource Management Act (RMA).
Regional councils may enforce the HSNO Act if they are on the premises for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of the RMA.
Regional councils are responsible for enforcement in (or on) premises specified above, where the function has been transferred to them by another enforcement agency.
Ozone Layer Protection Act
You can contact us and raise a concern about breaches of the Ozone Layer Protection Act.
Exclusive Economic Zone
The EPA is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the EEZ Act, and also the regulations made and marine consents granted under it.