Evaluation of hazardous substances compliance system

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

The hazardous substances compliance system designed to protect New Zealand and New Zealanders from environmental risks and disasters is being independently evaluated to improve its effectiveness.

While rare, environmental incidents involving chemicals and other hazardous substances have highlighted the need to look at the existing compliance system.

Compliance and enforcement action needs to be swift and sure, which is why we have funded a three-person, Technical Working Group to analyse the hazardous substances compliance system; comment on whether it is fit for purpose; and recommend improvements.

The focus of the assessment is to understand what can be done to assist agencies where funding and resources can be an issue. This will help ensure the country can create a cohesive platform for a world class chemical management system that keeps New Zealand safe.

The TWG started its evaluation in October 2018, and a report is due to the Ministry for the Environment and the Chief Executive of the EPA by the end of June 2019. Following that, the report will be made publicly available.

If you would like to provide information towards the process, we are happy to talk to anyone in this regard. You can contact us by email or phone.

About this evaluation

Read about the evaluation of the hazardous substances compliance system, the terms of reference, and how to contact us.

Independent Technical Working Group members

Read about the members of the Technical Working Group.