Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

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Reprint as at 9 April 2008

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

Public Act1996 No 30
Date of assent10 June 1996


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry for the Environment



Prohibition of import, etc, and types of approval

Approvals for hazardous substances

Containment approvals for hazardous substances

Assessment of new organisms for importation or release

Conditional release of new organisms

Release of qualifying organisms

Containment approval for new organisms

Use of hazardous substances and new organisms in emergencies

Rapid assessment and approval of agricultural compounds and medicines in special emergencies

Rapid assessment and approval of other hazardous substances in special emergencies

Prohibited list organisms


Procedure for assessment

Minister's call-in powers

73A Interpretation [Repealed]

73B Application [Repealed]

73F No compensation [Repealed]

73G Expiry [Repealed]

Hazard classification system

Test certifiers

Transferable permits

Permissions and licences

Environmental user charges


Compliance orders


Pecuniary penalties

Civil liability for acts and omissions while in breach

Liability for acts and omissions of others

151 Interpretation [Expired]

157 Defences [Expired]

163 Interpretation [Expired]

166 Labelling [Expired]

167 Advertisements [Expired]

171 Warranties [Expired]

175 Interpretation [Expired]

183 Interpretation [Expired]

188 Containers [Expired]

204 Register [Expired]

205 Interpretation [Expired]

209 Interpretation [Expired]

222 Interpretation [Expired]

239 Private storage [Expired]


254 Animals [Expired]

256 Hamsters [Expired]


258 Import permits [Expired]

Reprint notes

An Act to restate and reform the law relating to the management of hazardous substances and new organisms

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of New Zealand as follows: