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Step 5.2 Introductions that can be low risk to the environment

If you've established your introduction is not medium to high risk to the environment (Step 5.1), now see if your introduction can be low risk to the environment. 

This step relates to international assessments and how work out if your introduction is of low risk to the environment based on its international assessment.

Skip this step if you are not using an internationally assessed chemical. Note, your introduction might still be low indicative risk to the environment but you will need to complete steps 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 to work this out.

Step 5.2 instructions (international assessments)

  • Check if your chemical has been assessed or evaluated by a trusted overseas body that we accept.
  • Follow guidance on this page to see if you meet the other criteria for international assessments.
  • Follow the final part of this step to see what to do next.

Get help with this step — explore our categorisation decision tools

Have you read our information on getting started with your chemical categorisation?


Trusted overseas bodies

We will accept international assessments or evaluations from these trusted bodies (See section 6 of the Rules for full details):

  • Opinions from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment and the ECHA Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis. We’ll accept these opinions as long as they have been the basis for the European Commission (EC) deciding to include or update a restriction in Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (i.e. REACH restrictions). REACH registration dossiers are not accepted. 
  • European risk assessments that have been the basis for the European Commission (EC) approving active biocidal substances. These risk assessments must have been conducted by ECHA or by an authority of a member state of the European Union. The risk assessment must have been reviewed by the ECHA Biocidal Products Committee
  • Risk assessments from Environment and Climate Change Canada OR Health Canada. We’ll accept certain Schedules from their current regulations and their old regulations. See table items 1 and 2 of subsection 6(3) of the General Rules for details of the schedules and regulations:
  • International parallel process assessments where:
    • Australia was involved as a secondary jurisdiction and
    • The risk assessment was done by Environment and Climate Change Canada OR Health Canada OR by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

Next:

Go to the following section on this page to check if the international assessment or evaluation meets all the required criteria for you to be able to use it for categorisation purposes.


Criteria for internationally assessed introductions

Your introduction CAN BE low risk to the environment if it meets ALL the following:

  • A trusted overseas assessment body assessed or evaluated your chemical for its risks to the environment
  • A report by the assessment body is available and you can provide it to us if we ask for it
  • The chemical's international assessment or evaluation was for:
    • the same end use as your introduction
    • a volume equal to or higher than the introduction volume of your chemical in Australia
  • The risks to the environment from the introduction and use are no higher in Australia than the overseas jurisdiction (determined in accordance with part 4.2.2 of the Guidelines)
  • The international assessment or evaluation has:
    • conditions or restrictions that must be followed to manage risks to environment and you can follow these conditions in Australia or
    • has no restrictions or conditions
  • No more information has become available since completion of the international assessment or evaluation about: 
    • any hazards to environment the international assessment or evaluation didn't identify or
    • an increase in severity of any hazards to environment the international assessment or evaluation did identify

and

  • the introduction isn't prohibited in the country that conducted the assessment or evaluation

Outcomes for this step and what to do next

My introduction meets the criteria for international assessments

This means your introduction CAN be low risk to the environment. You can either decide to continue with your categorisation to check if it can be very low risk to the environment or go to Step 6 to complete your categorisation.

Next (if continuing with step 5):

To work out if it can be very low risk to the environment, you need to complete the rest of step 5:

Once you've done this, go to step 5.5 for your final answer (is your introduction still low risk to the environment or is it very low risk).

Go to step 5.3 Work out your introduction's exposure band

My introduction does not meet the international assessment criteria on this page

Your introduction might still be low risk to the environment but you'll need to complete further steps to work this out.

Next:

To work out if your introduction can be low risk to the environment, complete the rest of step 5:

Once you’ve done this, go to step 5.5 for your final answer (to see if your introduction can be low indicative risk to the environment).

Go to step 5.3 Work out your introduction's exposure band

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