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:
- Commerce Commission (in-market) — www.comcom.govt.nz(external link)
- NZ Customs Service (at the border) — www.customs.govt.nz(external link).
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.
Items in contact with food
|Ministry for Primary Industries||www.foodsafety.govt.nz|
|Medicines and therapeutic goods
|Ministry of Health
Bicycle and motorcycle helmets
Children's car seats
|Ministry of Transport
NZ Transport Agency
|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|