The Department of Environment and Water Resources (DEW) 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 and, where appropriate, recommendations for the control measures necessary to minimise adverse environmental effects resulting from the stated use patterns of the chemicals.

A summary of assessment reports for new chemicals completed by DEW during 2006-07 is shown in the table below.

Assessments completed by DEW in 2006-07 compared with 2005-06

Assessment category

Number of environment assessment reports sent to NICNAS

2005-06

2006-07

Standard notification

50

35

Limited notification

60

55

Polymer of Low Concern (PLC)

65

60

Self-assessment Polymer of Low Concern

36

13

Self-assessment Non Hazardous Polymer

1

0

Extension/Secondary notification

10

5

Sub-total

222

168

Commercial Evaluation Permit (CEC)

26

8

Low Volume Chemical Permit (LVC)

8

9

Export Only Permit (EOP)

N/A

3

Early Introduction Permit (EIP)

Not available *

Not available *

Sub-total

34

20

TOTAL New Chemicals

256

188

* See Appendix 05 for data on EIPs