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Consultation on the 1996 HSNO Act

2012: The Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand conducted a consultation seeking views on the impact of the HSNO Act on new organism research in New Zealand.

Key areas for consideration and possible adjustment identified by the New Zealand research community include:

Reduction of administrative overheads
Revision of the existing organisms register
Treatment of low-risk organisms and practices
Regulation shift from technique-based to trait-based oversight
On the basis of these findings the Royal Society of New Zealand recommended to the Ministry of the Environment that a review of the application of the HSNO Act be undertaken in order to address the outstanding issues.

The consultation report is available here: