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Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is low risk for the environment (because it is internationally assessed for the environment)

This decision tool is related to step 5.2 of the process to categorise your chemical introduction.

Optional: If you’d like to save or print your completed decision tool for your own records, click on ‘Chemical identity’ before Question 1 and enter your chemical’s name or CAS number. Note that a copy of a completed decision tool is not sufficient to meet your record-keeping obligations. To save as a PDF, select the print option in your browser and choose ‘Save as PDF’ or ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’. For Safari users, click 'File' and 'Export to PDF'.

Who should use this?

Use this decision tool if your chemical has been assessed overseas and you need help working out if your introduction is accepted by AICIS as internationally assessed for the environment. It steps you through the criteria described in the guide for categorising introductions as internationally assessed for the environment. If it meets the criteria, your introduction’s  indicative risk to the environment is low. If you don't have an overseas assessment, you should complete Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band. There are 1‐11 questions depending on your circumstances.

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What you need to know

  • Information about the overseas assessment of your chemical.
  • How you propose to use the chemical in Australia.

This decision tool is under construction.

Chemical identity (optional)

Question 1

Did a trusted overseas body perform an assessment of the chemical? Refer to Step 1.1 for more information.

Question 2

Is the complete report (not just a summary) available? Refer to Step 1.2 for more information.

Question 3

Do you have permission (intellectual property rights) to use the report and any information in it for the purpose of introducing your chemical into Australia? Refer to Step 1.2 for more information.

Question 4

Can you give the assessment report to us if we ask for it? Refer to Step 1.2 for more information.

Question 5

Is the chemical prohibited overseas? Refer to Step 2 for more information.

Question 6

Is there new environment hazard information about the chemical that was not available when it was assessed overseas? Refer to Step 3 for more information.

Question 7

Is the end use of your chemical in Australia the same as its end use overseas? Refer to Step 4 for more information.

Question 8

Is the end use concentration of your chemical in Australia the same or lower than overseas? Refer to Step 5  for more information.

Question 9

Is the environment risk of your introduction in Australia no higher than overseas? You must consider each of the parameters described in Step 6 to work this out, and follow the guidance given there.

Question 10

Can you comply with any conditions or restrictions placed on the chemical overseas? Refer to Step 7 for more information.

Question 7

What does the new information show you about the hazards of your chemical?

Question 8

Is the end use of your chemical in Australia the same as its end use overseas? Refer to Step 4 for more information.

Question 9

Is the introduction volume of your chemical in Australia the same or lower than overseas? Refer to Step 5 for more information.

Question 10

Is the environment risk of your introduction in Australia no higher than overseas? You must consider each of the parameters described in Step 6 to work this out, and follow the guidance given there.

Question 11

Can you comply with any restrictions placed on the chemical overseas? Refer to Step 7 for more information.

Question 11

Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment. This means your introduction's indicative environment risk can be low. Your introduction could have an indicative environment risk of very low if you have information to show it doesn't have certain environment hazard characteristics.

Do you want to check if your introduction could be very low risk?

Question 12

Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment. This means your introduction's indicative environment risk can be low. Your introduction could have an indicative environment risk of very low if you have information to show it doesn't have certain environment hazard characteristics.

Do you want to check if your introduction could be very low risk?

You do not meet the criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for environment.

Go to Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band.

 

Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment. If you can't show that it has an indicative environment risk of very low, make note that its indicative environment risk is low.

Go to Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band.

The indicative environment risk of your introduction is low. Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment.

Go to Decision tool – Work out your introduction category.

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