Applying for hazardous substance approvals
You need to get approval if you are importing, moving, or using a new hazardous substance.
We can guide you through the application process, and give you advice on what you need to do.
There are steps you need to take to get approval to import or manufacture a new hazardous substance in Aotearoa New Zealand.
When you are applying for approval to import or manufacture a hazardous substance, you can estimate how long the approval process takes.
Anyone can apply to have a substance reassessed or amend an approval. There are a number of different ways to go about this, depending on the situation.
If you are importing or manufacturing a pesticide, veterinary medicine, or other hazardous substance for use in New Zealand, you must ensure it's approved. If i…
If you are importing or manufacturing a hazardous substance in a contained location in New Zealand, you need a containment approval.
If you plan to bring a hazardous substance into New Zealand temporarily, you may need to apply for a transhipment approval before it can enter the country. Find…
Products with asbestos can only be imported into New Zealand under certain circumstances.
To import explosives already approved for use in New Zealand, you need an explosives import certificate.
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 …
In an emergency you may need to use a substance in a way that is not approved. You can apply for an emergency approval to do so.
Some approved hazardous substances need permission before you can use them. Find out which substances these are and how to apply.
If you are unsure whether your substance is hazardous or is covered by an existing approval, you can apply for a formal determination.
You must tell us if you plan any changes to the formulation of a Vertebrate Toxic Agent (VTA), or its intended use. We explain how here.