Issuing Permissions for Vertebrate Toxic Agents (VTAs): Guidelines for Public Health Units

Revised March 2013

Published online: 
02 May 2010
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Summary

These guidelines provide technical information on how to identify and manage the public health hazards and risks associated with the use of the following vertebrate toxic agents: all substances containing sodium fluoroacetate, potassium and sodium cyanide, yellow phosphorous and 3-chloro-p-toluidine hydrochloride.

The use of VTAs is covered by the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (the HSNO Act). Under the HSNO Act, operators intending to apply the above VTAs must obtain a permission from a warranted HSNO enforcement officer from a public health unit in the area of the proposed operation.

Under this regime, officers have the discretion to apply conditions to permissions to ensure that public health risks are assessed and managed effectively.

The Model Permit Conditions aim to help officers manage the risk to public health resulting from the use of VTAs in pest control operations.

2013 revisions

The 2013 revisions include:

  • policy advice which public health units and operators may find useful when using VTAs
  • information on microencapsulated zinc phosphide, a new approved VTA that requires permission
  • amendments  to clarify the intent of model permit conditions 2, 5 and 30
  • the current approved VTA application and permission forms, and an operational map attached as appendices.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 May 2010
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-35958-9 (online)
  • HP number:
    5630
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2010. Issuing Permissions for Vertebrate Toxic Agents (VTAs): Guidelines for Public Health Units: Revised edition 2013. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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