New Zealand Seeks Second Consultation on Adoption of GHS Revision 7

Posted on: June 24, 2020

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM

In June 2020, New Zealand’s EPA launched a second round of public consultation to solicit feedback on the adoption of GHS revision 7.

After the first phase of the consultation that started in October 2019 and ended in January 2020, the EPA analyzed seventy-one submissions and make the following key recommendations on the planned implementation of GHS revision 7 in New Zealand:

  • Not adopt acute toxicity category 5, skin irritation category 3, aspiration category 2, and aquatic toxicity categories acute 2 and 3;
  • Adopt the lower concentration cut-off values for classification of mixtures;
  • Extend the transitional period from two years to four years. Labeling, SDS and packaging in conformance with the revised requirements won’t be mandatory until April 2025 for hazardous chemicals, four years after the proposed GHS implementation date of April 2021.

The second round of online consultation proposes to update hazardous substance individual approvals and group standards to apply GHS revision 7 classifications. Specifically, the EPA is seeking comments on the following five proposals:

  1. Proposed GHS classifications for individual approvals;
  2. Proposed revocation of any individual approval that can fit into a group standard;
  3. Proposed changes to group standards to reflect GHS revision 7;
  4. Proposed approval controls mapping for substances approved or reassessed prior to December 1, 2017;
  5. Proposed removal of requirement for signage for agrichemicals on the basis of terrestrial ecotoxicity hazards.

Comments on this second round of consultation on how to apply GHS classifications to hazardous chemical approvals and group standards can be submitted through the online form on the EPA website. Online submissions will be accepted until August 4, 2020.

Recommended Action Item:

  • Review the second consultation document and submit your comments before August 4, 2020.
  • Learn how the updated GHS classification system will affect your products and plan ahead for the proposed April 2021 implementation date.


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Key Words

New Zealand; EPA; GHS Revision 7 Consultation

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