Review of NZS8409:2004

NZS8409:2004 is a New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals.  The change in the regulatory environment relating to hazardous substances in December 2018 has made a review necessary.  

Scope of NZS8409

We are currently initiating a review of the Standard.  The first step in the review is to establish the scope of the new document.  A scoping workshop, facilitated by Standards New Zealand, was held in June 2018.  The outcome of this meeting and subsequent discussions are set out in the "Scoping report for the revision of NZS 8409:2004 Management of agrichemicals ".

There was wide agreement on both the need for the standard and the need to review it. 

Four possible additional areas to cover in the Standard are being considered:
  • Fumigants - used by the logging industry and in horticulture for soil sterilisation as well for import/export, there is mixed support for the inclusion of fumigants in the new Standard
  • VTAs (Vertebrate Toxic Agents) - as this stage there is general agreement not to include VTAs within the scope of the new Standard
  • Dairy detergents and sanitisers - there is support for inclusion of detergents and sanitisers in the revised standard, partly to reflect the increased use in horticulture and agriculture to control the spread of disease between properties
  • Domestic use - it has generally been agreed that domestic use is outside the scope of the standard as the regulatory framework for non-workplaces is very different to workplaces.  However, the standard will remain a good source of information on good practice for all users of agrichemicals.

Next steps

We are in the process of developing project plans, budgets, funding proposals and identifying people who can add value to the review process.  If you are keen to be involved, either directly as an industry representative or indirectly through the wider consultation process, please email