This series of 10 information sheets outline the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and its relationships with other legislation. They explain the process for bringing the Act into force and how the Act is intended to work when in force. These sheets are not to be taken as defining or providing a definitive interpretation of the relevant parts, sections or subsections of the Act. Questions of interpretation are matters for the courts to decide. The information contained in these sheets is intended as a guide only and you are advised to carefully consider the express provisions of the Act itself.