This consultation document is seeking input on a range of proposals related to moving New Zealand from its current classification system for hazardous substances to Revision 7 of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This change in classification system would be achieved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) issuing a new Classification Notice, as provided for within the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996. Adopting the GHS 7 system will ensure an internationally aligned classification system for hazardous substances that facilitates trade, increases efficiency in chemicals management, and the effectiveness of the HSNO Act. Please fill in the form below, then click Continue to review your submission. At any time you may click Save and Exit so that you can return later.

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Proposal 1 - To update the existing HSNO classification system by issuing a new EPA Classification Notice, which will incorporate GHS Revision 7 (2017) by reference.
Proposal 2 - Adoption of building blocks from the GHS.
Proposal 3 - The classification criteria for mixtures contained in the GHS will be incorporated into the EPA Notice by reference. Where optional concentration cut-off values are provided for, it is proposed that the values as listed in Table 2 will be included in the Classification Notice.
Proposal 4 - Implement a single classification category for substances that are ecotoxic to the terrestrial environment.
Proposal 5 - To include a two year transitional period in the Labelling, Safety Data Sheet, and Packaging Notices, on top of the four year transitional period currently provided for that is due to expire in December 2021.

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