Hazardous substances

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.

Hazardous substances and the EPA

What do toothpaste, explosives, veterinary medicine and solvents have in common? They are all classified as hazardous substances, which we regulate.

Rules for hazardous substances

Find out what the legal obligations are for hazardous substances in New Zealand.

Guidance for importers and manufacturers

There is specific guidance for importing, manufacturing and using every type of hazardous substance in New Zealand–from cosmetics to pesticides or explosives.

Making an application

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.

Chemical reassessment programme

The EPA's chemical management system aims to protect the health of people and the environment now, and for future generations.

Group standards

Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use.

Shipping hazardous waste

Find out about the process for exporting and importing hazardous waste.

Ozone depleting substances

Specific rules exist for the import and export of ozone depleting substances. Find out which products are ozone depleting, and what permits they require.

Importing and exporting hydrofluorocarbon gases (HFCs)

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.

Importer and Manufacturer form

If you import or manufacture a hazardous substance, you must supply us with your business contact information.

Evaluation of hazardous substances compliance system

We're finding ways to improve the effectiveness of the hazardous substances compliance system in New Zealand.