The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources accredits facilities as approved offshore treatment providers for ethylene oxide (ETO) treatment. The approved facilities have demonstrated their capacity to conduct ETO treatments effectively.
The evaluation process to become an approved offshore ETO treatment provider includes an assessment of:
- applicant’s capacity to operate in accordance with relevant departmental requirements based on supporting documentary evidence
- physical structures and operational procedures used by the applicant to determine their effectiveness in addressing various biosecurity risks.
Consignments treated by approved offshore ETO providers are subject to compliance with the department's Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON), and consequently with the relevant import permit requirements.
All offshore ETO treatment providers listed as acceptable are audited and monitored as set out in the ETO Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme.
This Scheme operates within the relevant departmental container inspection procedures, and consignments may be subject to random document and/or non-commodity verification inspections.
If you have any questions about the Scheme, please email Compliance Partnerships.