Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
V: Assessment of Hazardous Substances and New Organisms
Procedure for Assessment
58. Further information---(1) The Authority---
(a) May commission a report or seek advice from any person on any
matters raised in relation to the application, including a
review of any information provided by the applicant:
(b) May obtain any existing relevant information on the substance or
organism which is the subject of the application from any
(c) Shall consult with all departments or Crown entities notified of
the application in accordance with section 53 (4) of this Act
and, where any application is for approval to import, develop,
field test, or release a new organism, have particular regard to
any submissions made by the Department of Conservation.
(2) Where the Authority obtains further information under subsection
(1) of this section, the Authority, at least 15 working days before
commencement of the hearing or consideration, as the case may be, of the
application, shall notify the applicant and every person who made a
submission that the information is available for inspection, unless that
information has been withheld in accordance with section 9 (2) (b) of
the Official Information Act 1982.
(3) Where information is requested in accordance with subsection (1)
of this section, the Authority may postpone the hearing or consideration
of the application until the information has been received.