Psychoactive substances are some of the ingredients used in different drugs that affect the mind. You might know such drugs as party pills, herbal highs, legal highs, synthetic cannabis or legal recreational drugs.

In 2013, the New Zealand Government introduced the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 to control the importation, manufacture and sale of psychoactive substances in New Zealand.

Read more about the background to the Act and the regime

Important information for retailers and wholesalers

You can now apply for a licence to sell approved products by retail or wholesale.

However, there are currently no approved products. Due to the prohibition on the use of animal testing for the purposes of assessing whether a psychoactive product should be approved, it is unlikely that there will be any approved products for at least the next three years.

On this basis, the Authority recommends that you do not apply for a licence to sell approved products by retail or wholesale at this time.

If you still choose to apply for a licence, more information can be found on the Licence application forms and guidelines page.


News and Events

04/08/2016 News item The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory relocation close down period
05/06/2015 News item Psychoactive Substances Retail Regulations
26/05/2015 Media release Minister concerned at reports of adverse reactions
01/05/2015 Update No applications for product approvals have been received.

Questions? Concerns?

Psychoactive Substances hotline: 0800 789 652

Call if you have any questions or concerns about psychoactive substances in New Zealand.