New Zealand adopts GHS 7 as hazard classification system

On 30 April 2021, New Zealand implements the seventh revised edition of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS Rev. 7) as its official hazard classification system.

With the implementation of GHS Rev. 7, the current classification system implemented in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act) will no longer be in use.

You should be aware of the following important dates:

  • After 30 April 2021: Labels and safety data sheets for new hazardous substances must be prepared using the GHS Rev. 7 classifications
  • By 30 April 2025: All labels, safety data sheets and packaging requirements for hazardous substances must be in accordance with the classification requirement in GHS Rev. 7. This also includes approvals issued before 30 April 2021. Updating to the new requirements during the four-year transition period is strongly encouraged.

Due to differences between the HSNO classifications and GHS Rev. 7, changes may affect a small number of substances and mixtures after 30 April 2021. 

For more information on GHS requirements worldwide, please contact:

Ilaria de Rosa Carstensen
Tel +45 4516 9369