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ERMA was disestablished in June 2011 and its functions were incorporated into the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Go to: Environmental Protection Authority

Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA)

ERMA prevents or manages risks to the environment, public health and safety that are associated with importing, manufacturing or using hazardous substances, or introducing new organisms.

The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) prevents or manages risks to the environment, public health and safety that are associated with importing or manufacturing hazardous substances and introducing new organisms, and their use.

The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) makes decisions on applications to introduce or use hazardous substances or new organisms, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in New Zealand. These decisions come under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.

ERMA’s regulatory role includes:

  • Making decisions on applications under the HSNO Act, by evaluating risks, costs and benefits and placing conditions on approvals
  • Monitoring and coordinating compliance with the HSNO Act and ERMA decisions
  • Promoting public awareness of the risks of hazardous substances and new organisms
  • Advising the Minister for the Environment on the effectiveness of the Act and other matters
  • International relations
  • Inquiring into accidents or emergencies.
Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA).
Type:
Government
Activities:
Regulation, consulting, policy advice, enhancing public awareness and international relations.

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