The product safety landscape

Trading Standards administers the product safety elements of the Fair Trading Act. Some products are regulated by other agencies.

What we do

The Trading Standards team works to reduce significant risks and hazards that products may pose to New Zealand consumers. How we do this includes:

  • monitoring and investigating local and international consumer product safety issues
  • engaging with industry, standards making bodies, injury prevention agencies and other regulators
  • overseeing product recalls
  • putting regulatory controls in place where necessary.

While we provide policy advice and implement regulations regarding products under the Fair Trading Act, enforcement in this area is undertaken by the:

For more information about what we do, see About us(external link).

Who regulates what

Products that are regulated by agencies other than Trading Standards are shown in the table below, along with the agency that is responsible for regulating them.

ProductAgencyWebsite
Food
Supplements
Items in contact with food
Ministry for Primary Industries www.foodsafety.govt.nz
Medicines and therapeutic goods
Cosmetics
Ministry of Health
Medsafe
www.health.govt.nz
www.medsafe.govt.nz
Road vehicles
Vehicle equipment
Bicycle and motorcycle helmets
Children's car seats
Ministry of Transport
NZ Transport Agency
www.transport.govt.nz
www.nzta.govt.nz
Gas and electrical products Energy Safety (Worksafe New Zealand) www.energysafety.govt.nz
Hazardous products and products used in the workplace Worksafe New Zealand www.worksafe.govt.nz
Hazardous substances and organisms Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.govt.nz
Products used in building and construction Building Performance team www.building.govt.nz
Firearms NZ Police www.police.govt.nz