Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH)

The DEH provides advice to NICNAS on the environmental implications of the importation, manufacture and use of new and existing industrial chemicals. The assessment reports submitted to NICNAS include an environmental hazard and risk assessment, including recommendations for the control measures necessary to minimise adverse environmental effects resulting from the stated use patterns of the chemicals.

A summary of chemical assessment reports completed by DEH during 2005-06 is shown in the Table below.

Assessments completed by DEH in 2005-06 compared with 2004-05

Assessment Category

Number of Environment Assessment Reports sent to NICNAS

2005-06

2004-05

Standard notification

50

48

Limited notification

60

65

Polymer of Low Concern (PLC)

65

61

Self Assessment Polymer of Low Concern

36

18

Self Assessment Non Hazardous Polymer

1

Extension/Secondary notification

10

10

Sub-total

222

202

Commercial Evaluation Permit (CEC)

26

2

Low Volume Chemical Permit (LVC)

8

7

Early Introduction Permit (EIP)

Not available *

Not available *

Sub-total

34

9

TOTAL New Chemicals

256

211

* See Appendix 11 for information about EIPs