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Early Introduction Permit (EIP)

Under certain circumstances, a chemical may be eligible for an Early Introduction Permit (EIP) allowing it to be introduced into Australia before its assessment is complete. Under normal circumstances, an application for an EIP will be decided within 28 days.

 

Section 30A (EIP) permits are for non-hazardous new industrial chemicals.

 

To be eligible for an EIP, applicants need to satisfy the Director, NICNAS that:

  • The chemical is not a hazardous substance according to the ASCC Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances;

  • The chemical is not a dangerous good according to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail ;

  • The prescribed criteria relating to the environmental effects of the chemical (see NICNAS Handbook for Notifiers) are met; and

  • The introduction of the chemical is consistent with the reasonable protection of occupational health, public health and the environment.

In general, a polymer that qualifies for notification as a PLC under current PLC criteria would satisfy the criteria for an EIP application.

Application for an EIP permit is made when submitting a certificate notification, and is covered by the same additional forms as the certificate notification. If assessment of the certificate notification is stopped for a substantial period of time, the EIP will be revoked.

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