This diagram outlines five stages for reassessing chemicals in New Zealand.
Stage one is the call for information and can include public responses. A call for information does not mean there will be a reassessment, and it can also happen after stage 2: establishing grounds for reassessment.
Stage 2: Grounds for reassessment
Stage two establishes grounds for reassessment. A request for grounds for reassessment can come from the EPA or other applicant. Information is evaluated and sent to the Decision-making Committee (DMC). The DMC decides if there are grounds for reassessment or not, based on four criteria. Completion of stage one and two can take up to between three to six months.
Stage 3: Reassessment
In the reassessment stage, the EPA or an applicant can apply for a formal reassessment. Formal reassessment goes through four steps:
- Public submission: You have an opportunity to have your say
- Public hearing: You have an opportunity to have your say
- Considering and decision.
The DMC makes a final decision in this stage. The DMC can:
- decide no change to approval is required
- increase or make changes to controls or rules
- decide to phase out or ban the chemical.
In this final stage, the EPA notifies the public and submitters about the decisions and any controls and restrictions that need to be enforced.
Stages three to five can take 20 or more weeks.