News and Updates

Review of NZS8409

Last updated: 23 September 2019
We are commencing a review of the New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals NZS8409 to incorporate recent regulatory changes and to update good practice use of agrichemicals.

Integration of RCA Schemes

Published: September 2019
NZAET (Growsafe) and Rural Contractors have agreed to integrate their respective Registered Chemical Applicator schemes as at September 2019.

New Theory Certificate

Published: July 2019
NZAET has introduced a new certificate for those making decisions about spray operations but not actually doing the spray application.

Changes to Growsafe Certificates

Published: March 2018
Growsafe's certificates have changed. From 1 January 2018, we replaced the Growsafe Introductory certificate with two certificates:
  • Growsafe Basic which is for users working under supervision and first-time agrichemical users.
  • Growsafe Standard which is designed for those taking responsibility for a workplace or managing others.

Regulatory Changes

Published: March 2018
Regulatory changes took effect on 1 December 2017, moving responsibility for safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace to WorkSafe.