The product safety landscape

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment administers the product safety elements of the Fair Trading Act. Some products are regulated by other agencies.

What we do

We work to reduce significant risks and hazards that products may pose to New Zealand consumers. How we do this includes:

  • monitoring 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.

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