Feedback sought on new Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals

We are seeking your views on a proposed ban on new persistent organic pollutants, and new requirements for the export of specific hazardous substances in accordance with New Zealand’s international obligations.

In 2017, a number of new chemicals were added to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions. To implement the changes to the Conventions into New Zealand law, they now need to be added to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act), and the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibition Order (No 2) 2004 (the Order).

In addition to the listing of the new chemicals, a few amendments to the HSNO Act and the Order are also proposed to clarify the intention of the Conventions. They include clarification of the PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) listing in the HSNO Act, and a technical correction to the Order to enable the export of Rotterdam Convention chemicals to some Pacific countries.

The submission period closed on Monday 16 July 2018. We are now considering the information provided in all submissions and will provide the results of that exercise on this website.

Read the consultation information (pdf 613KB)

Read more about the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants - UNEP website 

Learn more about the Rotterdam Convention - UNEP website