New chemical substance is defined as any chemical that is not included in PICCS. The Pre-Manufacturing And Pre-Importation Notification (PMPIN) aims to screen harmful substances before they enter Philippine’s commerce. Its main objective is to ensure that new chemicals that would pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the new environment either be denied to be manufactured or imported into the country, or be placed under control and restriction to limit potential releases.

Manufacturers and importers (proponents) of a new chemical are required to notify DENR-EMB of their intent to manufacture or import the new chemical not sooner than 180 days and not later than 90 days. Together with this notification, the proponent submits the appropriate PMPIN forms. There are two kinds PMPIN forms for notification. These are:

  • PMPIN Abbreviated Form: used when a new chemical to be manufactured or imported is being used in a country with a developed and/or similar chemical review process as the Philippines, and sufficient information is submitted by notifier that clearly exhibits that the notified chemical will not pose an unreasonable risk.
  • PMPIN Detailed Form: used when the new chemical being manufactured or imported are not yet listed in any country or when DENR-EMB determines that the information submitted for the new chemical does not contain sufficient documentation to enable DENR-EMB to determine the safety of the new chemical.

Once a new chemical has been assessed and approved by DENR-EMB for import and manufacture, the proponent is granted a clearance by DENR-EMB to import and manufacture the new chemical. The proponent is also required to submit a Notice of Commencement to Import or Manufacture Form (along with requirements stated in the form). Only after submission of this form will the new chemical be added to PICCS. The new chemical may be added to the PICCS public version or the PICCS confidential version depending whether when CBI is requested by the proponent in the Notice of Commencement.

Relevant Policies

  • DAO 1992-29: Implementing Rules And Regulations of Republic Act 6969
  • Guidelines on Small Quantity Importation under Republic Act 6969 and Its Implementing Rules and Regulations
  • EMB MC 2014-010: Guidelines for the Disclosure of Confidential Business Information (CBI) and Monitoring of Small-Quantity Importation (SQI), and Pre-Manufacture Pre-Importation Notification (PMPIN)
  • EMB MC 2016-003: Implementation of Online Processing of Priority Chemical List (PCL) and Premanufacture Preimportation Notification (PMPIN) Under the Title II of DENR AO 29, Series of 1992, of RA 6969

General Requirements

A.   PROCEDURAL Requirements

1.   Notifier: Name of Philippine Company and/or Firm – Only local importers or industries that are registered to manufacture in or licensed to import into the Philippines will be allowed to apply or notify.

2.  Substance must be defined as new chemical or fuel additive. New chemical is defined as chemical not listed in the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals & Chemical Substances (PICCS). Fuel additive is required to undertake PMPIN process even if already listed in the PICCS.

3.   Notarized and completed PMPIN Abbreviated or PMPIN Detailed Form to be signed by the President, Corporate Executive Officer (CEO), or Operation Manager.

PMPIN Abbreviated: for chemicals manufactured or includes in the Inventory of USA, EU, Australia, Canada, Japan or Korea

PMPIN Detailed: for chemicals manufactured or imported from other countries not listed in PMPIN Abbreviated

4.   Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) / Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

5.   Specific Use of the Chemical

6.   Annual volume of import

7.   Notification must be filed at least 90-180 days before date of manufacture or importation.

8.   Payment of processing fee:

for PMPIN Abbreviated – P 2,600

for PMPIN Detailed – P 4,500

9.   Request for Confidential Business Information (CBI) – for PMPIN application containing confidential business information. 

10.  Submission of above requirements to the online application at the Online Permitting and Monitoring System (OPMS) website.

B.   SUBSTANTIVE Requirements

1.   Complete information of MSDS/SDS following 16 sections

2.   For sufficiency of submitted MSDS/SDS giving more focus on (see Section 15 of DAO 1992-29 for the preliminary information required):

a.    Physical and Chemical Properties

b.    Toxicological Information

c.    Ecological Information

3.   For PMPIN – Detailed Form, laboratory reports for the abovementioned information are required.