Permit categories

Last update 30 November 2016

This page summarises the intent of each permit category with links to further information including eligibility, application and assessment processes:

Commercial evaluation chemical (CEC) permits

CEC permits are issued for new industrial chemicals introduced solely for commercial evaluation where the maximum quantity to be introduced is 4000 kg in a maximum period of two years.

A CEC permit can only be renewed once, provided certain criteria are met.

Examples of possible uses are to:

  • test a new polymer in a surface coating when a large quantity is required to fill paint lines; or
  • evaluate a new process requiring a new industrial chemical.

Low volume chemical (LVC) permits

LVC permits are issued for new industrial chemicals to be introduced at a maximum volume of 100 kg/year (1000 kg/year where the low hazardous criteria are met) for a period of three years.

The instrument of approved form [PDF 60 KB] sets out the details included on a LVC permit. The details include the:

  • permit number
  • name of applicant
  • address
  • name of chemical
  • use of chemical
  • permitted quantity
  • duration of permit
  • any relevant permit conditions imposed under section 21 W (3) of the ICNA Act
  • signature, name and position of decision maker, and
  • date of issue.

Controlled use permits (CUP)

CUPs are issued for the introduction of low-risk new chemicals used in highly controlled circumstances for a maximum of 3 years (note: certain prescribed criteria apply). There is no volume restriction.

A CUP can be renewed any number of times, provided certain criteria are met.

The instrument of approved form [PDF 60 KB] sets out the details included on a CUP permit. The details include the:

  • permit number
  • name of applicant
  • address
  • name of chemical
  • use of chemical
  • permitted quantity
  • duration of permit
  • any relevant permit conditions imposed under section 22H(5) of the ICNA Act
  • signature, name and position of decision maker, and
  • date of issue.

Controlled use (export only) (EOP) permits

EOPs are issued for the controlled introduction of a new chemical for export. The entire quantity of the new chemical must be exported within a maximum of three years.

This permit can be renewed any number of times, provided certain criteria are met.

Early introduction permits (EIP)

An EIP is issued in conjunction with an LTD, STD or PLC notification for chemicals meeting prescribed criteria. As the holder of an EIP, you can start introducing the chemical before the NICNAS assessment is completed.

Under strict circumstances special EIPs (section 30 of the Act) may be issued for new chemicals where you can show that their immediate introduction is in the public interest.

This permit is issued only for the period until a certificate is issued; it cannot be renewed.