Glyphosate: Call for information
We are calling for information on the use of the weed killer glyphosate in Aotearoa New Zealand. This request for information is the very first step in deciding whether to change the rules around its use.
- A weed killer used in New Zealand since the 1970s.
- It is common and is the active ingredient in many consumer and agricultural products.
- Used by home gardeners, farmers, and councils.
- It is safe to use if you follow the instructions and the rules.
Information we are looking for
We want to find out from importers, manufacturers, professional users, retailers, organisations, community groups and the public:
- information that is relevant to the current use, practices, and benefits of glyphosate products
- evidence of the effects of glyphosate products: positive or adverse impacts; toxicology; ecotoxicology; environmental fate studies; or monitoring results
- how glyphosate products are used and applied in different areas, for example, agricultural, domestic, in public areas, for conservation, or as an aquatic herbicide
- your views on the positive or negative impacts you think glyphosate products have on our environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
Why we are asking you
- There is ongoing public debate about the effects of glyphosate on the environment and people’s health.
- Glyphosate is currently approved for use in the European Union until 15 December 2022. That approval is now being reviewed, with a decision due mid-2022.
- The information you provide in this call for information will be used to assess whether there are grounds to reassess the use of glyphosate in New Zealand.
It’s a first step
- This call for information is the very first step in understanding how glyphosate is currently used in New Zealand.
- If there are grounds to reassess glyphosate and a formal reassessment application is made, you will have an opportunity to make submissions on the application once it has been publicly notified.
Responding to the call for information
Any person or organisation can respond to this call for information. Before you begin, carefully read the privacy information and notes on completing the form and privacy information before you begin. You can answer some or all of the questions.
Responses must be received by 5.00 pm, Friday 27 August 2021.
We encourage you to use the secure online response form. When you submit the form you will be emailed a copy of your response and a reference number.
Alternatively, download the Word or PDF response form, and email or post your response to us.
How to complete the form
Please read the following information carefully before you complete the form.
Please complete the questions as comprehensively as possible and provide additional comments where appropriate. You don’t have to answer all of the questions.
Let us know which responder group you belong to, for example, whether you are a professional or domestic user, or represent a community or industry group. Some questions are tailored to specific responder types. Please focus on the areas that are relevant to you.
If you belong to more than one group (for example, you are representing a regional council, and a domestic user) and would like to provide information from different perspectives, please submit separate forms for each type.
Supplementary information document
The supplementary information document is designed to capture information in table form: packaging information and use. Complete this document as applicable and attach it to the online form. Make sure you save the document in a .doc or .pdf format. Documents saved as .docx cannot be attached.
Alternatively, after you have completed your online form, email the supplementary information document to email@example.com quoting your unique reference number in the subject line. You will be emailed a reference number when you submit your response form.
Please submit any additional information such as product labels, study data, scientific literature, or technical reports as separate documents. You can upload attachments at the end of the online form, but please note this is limited to five files of no more than 5MB each. If your files exceed these limitations, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting your unique reference number in the subject line.
Your information may be made publicly available
We may publish or otherwise make available all or part of your response. This will include your name but not your contact details.
We acknowledge that some information may be commercially sensitive or be otherwise regarded as confidential. If you consider any of the information you are providing should not be made publicly available, please clearly indicate this within your response, and give the reasons, so we can consider this before publishing any information.
Any personal information you supply when providing information will be used only in relation to this call for information. We will store your personal information securely.
You have the right to access the personal information we hold about you and to ask for it to be corrected if it is wrong. If you would like to access your personal information, or have it corrected, please contact us at email@example.com.
We may share your personal information with a third-party provider for customer surveys. If you would not like to be contacted for customer surveys please let us know – the forms include a question about this.
Official Information Act
The Official Information Act 1982 applies to information held by the EPA (subject to section 55 of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 when applicable), and information held by the EPA may be released under the OIA unless there are grounds to withhold it.