Twenty applications for audited SAPLCs and no SANHP or SANHC applications were received, demonstrating that industry is not fully exploiting cost savings and reduced time-to-market available following the reforms for low regulatory concern chemicals (see Table 9). NICNAS finalised 13 self-assessed certificate applications during the year.

 

Eighty-six applications for STD and LTD notifications were submitted using electronic templates, equating to 86 per cent of applications an increase from 59% last year. Up to 15% fee rebate is available to industry for these applications (see Table 9 for savings).

 

We issued 46 permit renewals for LVC and CEC permits, leading to cost savings to industry through lower fees and less complex applications (see Table 9). This is a substantial increase from the ten renewals issued last year.

 

Table 9: Savings to industry from audited self-assessments, template applications and permit renewals over five years

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Audited self-assessments1

N/A

N/A

$49 000

$65 700

$21 150

Electronic templates

 

$45 000

$65 000

$55 000

$64 0002

$112 5002

Permit renewals

N/A

N/A

$ 17 000

$24 750

$118 260

1 In addition to reduced fees, there are savings to industry in having an earlier time to market (28 days instead of 90 days for assessment) which is not estimated in the table.

2 Potential savings based on applications received and an average rebate of 10 per cent.

 

Rebates up to 40 per cent are available when assessment reports can be obtained from European Union (EU) member states and Canada. We received Canadian reports for 20 new chemical notifications this year, plus nine applications for a free EIP. In addition, four applications based on previous assessments in the EU were received. NICNAS recognition of foreign schemes resulted in up to $133 000 in potential savings (see Harmonisation for more details).

 

Additional savings to industry have resulted from using low volume and other exemption categories.