HSNO Committee membership
Dr Ngaire Phillips is an appointed member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Committee, which makes decisions on applications under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996. The types of applications that Ngaire considers are diverse and range from the proposed introduction of biocontrol agents for pest or disease control, the registration for use of a range of pesticides and fungicides, amendments to the use of fire-fighting foams or the importation into containment of organisms to advance understanding of human diseases. These are evaluated for potential risks to the environment, human health, the relationship of Māori to the environment, society, community, and to the market economy. As a scientist, the opportunity to be involved in decisions that may improve not only environmental outcomes but also peoples livelihoods is rewarding. Dr Phillips has most recently been involved in two nationally significant applications associated with the timber industry, namely the log fumigants methyl bromide and ethylene dinitrile (EDN).