All hazardous substances need approval for use in New Zealand. Is yours approved? Find out, apply for approval, or get advice on using it safely.
What do toothpaste, explosives, veterinary medicine and solvents have in common? They are all classified as hazardous substances, which we regulate.
Find out what the legal obligations are for hazardous substances in New Zealand, including EPA Notices.
There is specific guidance for importing, manufacturing and using every type of hazardous substance in New Zealand–from cosmetics to pesticides or explosives.
Whether you are importing, moving or using a new hazardous substance, you will need to go through an application process. We can guide you through this.
The EPA's chemical management system aims to protect the health of people and the environment now, and for future generations.
Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use.
Find out about the process for importing and exporting hazardous waste.
Specific rules exist for the import and export of ozone-depleting substances. Find out which products are ozone depleting, and what permits they require.
If you plan to import or export bulk HFC gases into or out of New Zealand after 31 December 2019, you must apply for a permit. Find out more here.
If you import or manufacture a hazardous substance, you must supply us with your business contact information.
We're finding ways to improve the effectiveness of the hazardous substances compliance system in New Zealand.