What is the EPA’s role in relation to fireworks?
Fireworks and pyrotechnics are regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act which is administered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Anyone wishing to import retail fireworks and pyrotechnics into New Zealand must obtain an import certificate from the EPA.
Before retail fireworks can be sold, they must be tested by a test certifier and issued with a certificate stating that the fireworks meet the requirements of the regulations (including packaging). Similarly, anyone wishing to hold an outdoor firework or pyrotechnic display must obtain a test certificate from a test certifier.
Test certifiers are approved by the EPA under the HSNO Act.
Date Modified: Wednesday, 9 November 2011
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