If you plan to import or manufacture children's graphic materials, such as finger paints, crayons and watercolour paints, you must send us evidence to show the product meets New Zealand standards. Find out more here.

Before you import or manufacture children’s graphic materials, you must provide us with evidence, including laboratory test results from an accredited laboratory, to show your product(s) complies with the standards for these products. 

In particular, these test results need to show that any toxic ingredients in the product are below the limits set in the standard. Our role is to confirm with you that the required conditions have, or have not, been met.

Read the Graphic Materials Group Standard 2018 (PDF, 501KB), and see more information below.

You must also complete the graphic materials application form and send this, together with your evidence, to us.

Graphic materials application form (DOCX, 363KB)

Evidence of compliance with the Group Standard

Your evidence would comprise:

  • a full Bill of Lading
  • a full commercial invoice
  • laboratory test reports for the items you are importing
  • laboratory results from overseas will also need confirmation from International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) that the testing has been carried out by a suitably accredited laboratory – see the IANZ website for more information.
  • manufacturer's declaration (if applicable).

IANZ verification of Importers' Test Reports and Certificates - IANZ website

Use our template manufacturer’s declaration form to make your declaration. This template contains the information we would like to see in your declaration.

Manufacturer's Declaration Form (DOCX, 83KB)

You will need to provide a manufacturer’s declaration, as additional evidence, to:

  • link product name(s) to a test report(s)
  • declare the source of raw materials and formulation of a product have not changed since testing, for test reports over three years old from the date of issue
  • both of the above options.

Please email your completed application form and supporting evidence to graphicmaterials@epa.govt.nz. We recommend that you send this to us well in advance of any shipment arriving in New Zealand to minimise the possibility of delays at the border.

Please allow 10 working days for your permit number to be issued, after all information has been received.

More information about the Group Standard

A group standard approves a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use. The Graphic Materials Group Standard covers:

  • chalk
  • coloured pencils
  • crayons
  • felt pens
  • markers
  • stamps
  • pastels 
  • paints, including water colour, poster, finger paints and glitter paint.

Children’s water colours, crayons and finger paints must meet the conditions of this group standard because there is no other approval for these products.

This is because water colours, crayons and finger paints can be easily consumed by small children, and there are special conditions in the standard to ensure that the risks associated with exposure to the products are managed, and children’s health is protected.

Children’s face paints are approved under the Cosmetic Products Group Standard and must meet the conditions of that standard.

Read more about the Cosmetics Products Group Standard

Note that the graphic materials group standard was updated in 2018. If you have any questions, please email us graphicmaterials@epa.govt.nz.