29 August 2014
Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The
repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family.
Each strip is part of a refill cartridge intended to be inserted into a battery operated portable vaporizer for use by
the general public outdoors. Each cartridge would provide up to 12 hours of head-to-toe protection.
The public are invited to make submissions on the application to the EPA. These submissions will be used to inform an
independent decision-making committee that will decide whether to approve the application.
The submission period opens today and will close at 5pm on 9 October 2014.
A public hearing may be held before a decision is made. The EPA will provide at least 10 working days’ notice of the
hearing date, time and place. We'll provide this information to all submitters and the applicant.
The EPA’s role is to oversee applications under the HSNO Act to import and manufacture hazardous substances. We put
controls in place to manage the risks of hazardous substances to safeguard people and the environment.
Further information on submissions and the hearing process can be found at http://www.epa.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say