Environmental Risk Management Authority

Environmental Risk Management Authority

Environmental Risk Management Authority

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The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) is a New Zealand government agency which controls the introduction of hazardous substances and new organisms.

ERMA is principally responsible for implementing the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO).

The aim of ERMA is stated as:
"Achieve effective prevention or management of risks to the environment, public health and safety associated with importing or manufacturing hazardous substances and introducing new organisms, and their use."


The Authority of ERMA New Zealand makes decisions on applications under Part V of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, by evaluating risks, costs and benefits, placing conditions on approvals; and making decisions on transitional licences and other approvals.ERMA New Zealand's Authority uses risk management principles contained in the Methodology to guide its work.

Under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996, the Authority is required to consider and weigh up the adverse and beneficial effects of a new organism or substance. The detailed decisions of the Authority also give an insight into how it has dealt with different aspects of risks, costs and benefits.

To mitigate any risks they apply controls (where relevant and possible) to the application, just as in everyday life we wear seatbelts to reduce the risks associated with driving. The controls might include housing the organism or substance in a specially...
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