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Decision tool – Work out your introduction category

This decision tool is related to step 6 of the process to categorise your chemical introduction.

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This page will help you work out your introduction category as one of the following:

  • exempted
  • reported
  • assessed

What you need to know

  • the indicative human health risk for your introduction (from steps 4.4 and 4.5 of the process to categorise your introduction), which is one of the following:
    • very low human health risk
    • low human health risk
    • medium to high human health risk
  • the indicative environmental risk for your introduction (from steps 5.4 and 5.5 of the process to categorise your introduction), which is one of the following:
    • very low environmental risk
    • low environmental risk
    • medium to high environmental risk

See the full list of decision tools to help you categorise your introduction

How to work out your introduction category

Your category is determined by the highest indicative risk for your introduction:

  • If the indicative human health and environment risks are both very low, then your introduction is in the exempted category.
  • If the indicative human health and environment risks are both low, or, one is low and the other very low, then your introduction is in the reported category.
  • If the indicative human health and environment risk is medium to high for one or both, then your introduction is in the assessed category.

For example, if your indicative human health risk is low and your indicative environment risk is medium to high, your introduction category is assessed.

You can use the table below to help you work this out. First, find the column that corresponds to your introduction's indicative human health risk. Next, find the row that corresponds to your introduction's indicative environmental risk.

Find the cell where the two join up to see your introduction category.

Decision tool – Work out your introduction category Indicative human health risk
Very low Low Medium to High
Indicative environmental risk Very low Exempted Reported Assessed
Low Reported Reported Assessed
Medium to high Assessed Assessed Assessed
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