What a product safety standard covers
A product safety standard may cover:
- the nature of the product and its performance — for example, composition, contents, manufacture, processing, design, construction, finish or packaging
- tests the product should go through during or after manufacture
- the form and content of any markings, warnings or instructions on the product.
Buy copies of product safety standards
Product safety standards can be purchased from Standards New Zealand Te Mana Tautikanga o Aoteaora.
Enforcing product safety standards
You can be fined up to $200,000 for any one individual, or up to $600,000 for a company if you supply, advertise or offer to supply any goods that don't comply with the requirements set out in the relevant product safety standard.
Product safety standards are enforced by the Commerce Commission New Zealand in-market. They include guidance to help you understand and comply with the product safety standards.
At the border
Product safety standards are enforced by the New Zealand Customs Service at the border. Customs may request documentary evidence of compliance or inspect your goods before they're permitted to enter New Zealand.
Goods that don't comply with a mandated product safety standard are deemed prohibited imports under the Customs and Excise Act 1996. It's an offence to import these goods, and the goods can be seized by Customs and forfeit.
Introducing a new product safety standard
Product safety standards are put in place by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under section 29 of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
Before recommending that a product safety standard be introduced, the Minister must:
- consult with everyone who will be substantially affected by the proposed product safety standard
- provide those people with an opportunity to comment, and
- consider those comments.