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From 24 April 2024 there will be changes to categorisation, reporting & record keeping requirements - see announcements on changes to the General Rules & changes to the Categorisation Guidelines.

Decision tools to help you categorise your chemical importation or manufacture

These decision tools are designed help you categorise your chemical importation or manufacture (introduction).

These self-guided tools will help you categorise your introduction as either listedexempted, reported or assessed. You’ll need to refer to these documents to help you answer some of the questions.

Step 0: Introductions that are in the listed category

This decision tool is coming soon. Please use Step 0 of our 'Guide to categorising your chemical importation or manufacture' (Categorisation Guide) to work out if your introduction is in the listed category.


Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported

We're currently updating this decision tool and it will be back online soon. Please use Step 1 of our 'Guide to categorising your chemical importation or manufacture' (Categorisation Guide).


Step 2: Introductions that are categorised as exempted

Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is categorised as exempted

Decision tool – Work out if your polymer is a Polymer of Low Concern (PLC)


Step 3: Introductions that are categorised as reported

Decision tool - Work out if your introduction is categorised as reported


Step 4: Work out the human health risk of your introduction

Step 4.1: Introductions that are always medium to high risk for human health

Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is medium to high risk for human health

Step 4.2: Introductions that can be low risk for human health

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

Step 4.3: Work out your human health exposure band

Decision tool – Work out your human health categorisation volume

Decision tool – Work out your human health exposure band

Step 4.4 and 4.5: Work out your human health hazard characteristics

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for human health exposure band 1: use this tool if your introduction is in human health exposure band 1.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for human health exposure band 2: use this tool if your introduction is in human health exposure band 2.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for human health exposure band 3: use this tool if your introduction is in human health exposure band 3.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for human health exposure band 4: use this tool if your introduction is in human health exposure band 4.


Step 5: Work out the environment risk of your introduction

Step 5.1: Introductions that are always medium to high risk to the environment

Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is medium to high risk to the environment

Step 5.2: Introductions that can be low risk to the environment

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

Step 5.3: Work out your environment exposure band

Decision tool – Work out your environment categorisation volume

Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band

Step 5.4 and 5.5: Work out your environment hazard characteristics

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for environment exposure band 1: use this tool if your introduction is in environment exposure band 1

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for environment exposure band 2: use this tool if your introduction is in environment exposure band 2.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for environment exposure band 3: use this tool if your introduction is in environment exposure band 3.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for environment exposure band 4: use this tool if your introduction is in environment exposure band 4.


Step 6: Complete your categorisation

Decision tool - Complete your categorisation

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