Permits allow chemicals to be introduced conditionally, without a full assessment, providing certain information is provided on identity, hazard and exposure. MSDS and labels must also be provided. NICNAS assesses permit applications under shorter timeframes and reduced fees. Several permit categories are available as follows:

 

Commercial Evaluation Category (CEC)

Chemicals to be introduced solely for determination of their commercial potential are eligible for assessment as CECs. The application can be for introduction of up to 4,000 kg for up to two years provided that the quantity and timeframe requested by the notifier can be justified as necessary for commercial evaluation purposes. Data requirements include health and environmental effects information, chemical identity, use and distribution arrangements, volume and duration of introduction, occupational, environmental and public exposure, MSDS and label. Customer agreements must be provided for each proposed user of the chemical. Annual reporting obligations apply.

 

Low Volume Chemicals (LVC)

LVCs are available for chemicals introduced at 100 kg/year Data requirements include health and environmental effects information, chemical identity, use, volume and duration of introduction, occupational, environmental and public exposure, MSDS and label. The maximum LVC permit period is three years, with the provision for unlimited renewal. Annual reporting obligations apply.

 

Export Only Permit (EOP)

Industrial chemicals introduced under the following scenarios will be eligible for the new Controlled Use Permits (Export Only): 

         importation of a new chemical into Australia for export of entire quantity; or importation of a new chemical into Australia for use in formulation of products for export of entire quantity; or manufacture of a new chemical in Australia for export of entire quantity, or

         manufacture of a new chemical in Australia for use in formulation of products for export of entire quantity.

 

The Controlled Use Permit (Export Only) will be available for chemicals where low risk can be demonstrated. 

 

Early Introduction Permit for non-hazardous chemicals (EIP)

Applications for an EIP permit must be made in conjunction with an application for a certificate. EIPs are available for the introduction of non-hazardous chemicals with respect to human health and the environment. Once an EIP is granted, the applicant may introduce the chemical according to permit conditions before the full assessment has been completed. Factors taken into account include reasonable protection of occupational health, public health and the environment.