Proposal to change the classification system for hazardous substances in New Zealand

The submission period on our proposal to update the current classification framework for hazardous substances to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 7 (2017), has closed.

GHS consultation update

8 June 2020

The submission period closed on 9 January 2020.

We received 71 public submissions, which we have analysed and reviewed. A summary of the submissions and our recommendations on the proposals can be found in the Submissions Analysis Report.

Exposure drafts of the new Hazard Classifications and six amended Notices are for information only.

Read the Submissions Analysis Report (pdf, 815 KB)

List of the submissions received for this consultation - please note that every submission we received has been published. Due to a feature of the online submission tool, submission numbers are not consecutive.

Exposure drafts of the new and amended Notices

Read the 2019 consultation document (pdf, 1.27 MB)

Background information on GHS 7

The GHS is an internationally-agreed system developed by the United Nations to classify chemicals and communicate their hazards through labels and safety data sheets. If adopted, it will ensure an internationally-aligned classification system for hazardous substances that facilitates trade, increases efficiency in chemicals management, and enhances the effectiveness of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.

If GHS 7 is adopted, a new EPA Classification Notice will be issued that incorporates GHS 7 by reference. This Notice would align with the EPA Labelling and Safety Data Sheet Notices, which already require compliance with the GHS.

Having the classification system and compliance requirements aligned will reduce complexity for everyone. We see a lot of benefits to adopting GHS, but are also mindful that there are costs and resource implications for others in doing this.

Second GHS consultation

The second consultation, Implementation of GHS 7: Implications for hazardous substance approvals and Group Standards is now open for submission. The submission period closes at 5pm on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Find out more about the second GHS consultation 

GHS consultations submissions

This page lists all of the submissions made on our proposal to change the classification system for hazardous substances in New Zealand.

Exposure drafts of the new and amended Notices

These documents are the exposure drafts of Notices that support the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labelling of chemical...