Decision tools to help you categorise your chemical importation or manufacture

2020-05-18

These decision tools are designed to help you categorise your chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) when used in conjunction with our Categorisation Guidelines.

How do these work?

These are self-guided tools that you can use as you work through the steps towards categorising your introduction as either exempted, reported or assessed. You can use some or all of these tools – it’s up to you – but we recommend that you start from step 1. You may not need to complete them all to reach an outcome. Depending on your answers, they’ll tell you to complete another tool or give you an outcome, or both. You’ll need to refer to the Categorisation Guidelines to help you answer some of the questions.

Before you start

Have you checked whether your chemical is in our Inventory? If your chemical is on our Inventory AND your introduction meets any terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction is categorised as a ‘listed’ introduction. Read about listed introductions.

Decision tools to help you categorise your chemical introduction

Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported

Decision tool – Work out if your introduction cannot be exempted or reported

Step 2: Introductions that are automatically categorised as exempted

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

Decision tool – Work out if your polymer is a Polymer of Low Concern (PLC) (coming soon): while we work on this tool, please read our guidance on PLCs.

Step 3: Introductions that are automatically categorised as reported

Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is automatically 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

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 (coming soon)

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 (coming soon): use this tool if your introduction is in human health exposure band 3.

Decision tool – Hazard characteristics for human health exposure band 4 (coming soon): 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 to 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 (coming soon): use this tool if your introduction is in environment exposure band 3.

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

Step 6: Complete your categorisation

Decision tool – Work out your introduction category

~tAPVMA to implement new cost recovery arrangements

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will implement revised cost recovery arrangements, as outlined in our Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS), on 1 July 2020.

The revised CRIS replaces the current fee structure.

Our revised cost recovery arrangements take into account stakeholder feedback received during CRIS consultation, and include a staged increase in the registration renewal fee, and an increase in some Item and Module application fees.

Further information about the APVMA’s revised cost recovery arrangements is available on our website.

NICNAS, 18 May 2020
; https://www.nicnas.gov.au/media/components/landing-tiles/categorise-your-chemical-introduction/decision-tools-to-help-you-categorise-your-chemical-importation-or-manufacture
; APVMA, 18 May 2020
; https://apvma.gov.au/node/67676