Evaluation of hazardous substances compliance system

A Technical Working Group has finished its evaluation of the hazardous substances compliance system and the findings report has been published.

The Technical Working Group started its evaluation of New Zealand's hazardous substances compliance system in October 2018, and its report to the chief executives of the Ministry for the Environment and the Environmental Protection Authority is now published.

The hazardous substances compliance system is designed to protect New Zealand and New Zealanders from environmental risks and disasters.

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 funded an independent Technical Working Group to analyse the hazardous substances compliance system; comment on whether it is fit for purpose; and recommend improvements.

Link to the 2019 report of the independent Technical Working Group, on New Zealand's hazardous substances compliance system (PDF, 677 KB)

About this evaluation

The evaluation of the hazardous substances compliance system has been completed.

Independent Technical Working Group members

Read about the members of the Technical Working Group.