Environmental management – statutory guidance

Get an oil spill treatment product approved: fees

Fees for different oil spill treatment products, tests and independent evaluation of data.

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You should use the fees information to work out how much you have to pay based on product type and tests.

If you want to market a new or rebranded product for use in UK waters and would like Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to facilitate product assessment requirements, a completed application form should still be sent to the MMO.

If efficacy and/or toxicity assessment is required, samples of your product will need to be provided. Please contact the MMO for details of where these samples need to be sent.

Alternatively if you have had the product assessed in a laboratory not commissioned by the MMO, but to UK accepted protocols, you should include the test reports with your application form. The MMO will liaise with their scientific advisors and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to check that test data conforms to standard protocols.

Get an oil spill treatment product approved: application form

Fees

  Performance and efficacy test fees (£) Toxicity test fees (£) Total fee payable (£)
Renewing a product approval Not required 1,100 1,100
Rebrand of an existing product for which there is a current approval Not required 1,100 1,100

Dispersants and Sorbents testing

*NB. With the exception of performance and efficacy test fees, these prices are not inclusive of VAT so this will also need to be added to the fee payable.

  Performance and efficacy test fees (£) Toxicity assessment: Sea test fees (£) Toxicity assessment: Rocky shore test fees (£) Total fee payable (£)
Dispersant type 1 test 3,545 7,631 6,909 18,085
Dispersant type 2 test 3,545 7,631 6,909 18,085
Dispersant type 3 test 3,710 7,631 6,909 18,250
Dispersant type 2/3 test 3,710 7,631 6,909 18,250
Sorbents N/A 7,631 6,909 14,540
Evaluating test data produced by an independent laboratory 1,100 1,100   2,200

Bioremediation products

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) needs to establish that a bioremediation product is environmentally acceptable and has proven potential to significantly improve oil biodegradation in the marine environment. This must be done before the product can be approved for use in UK waters.

The bioremediation product efficacy testing is currently under review. While it is being reviewed, applications with supporting efficacy testing information will still be assessed. The UK’s current preferred method for assessing bioremediation product efficacy is based on the ISO Marine BODIS biodegradation protocol. This allows oil degradation under standard conditions with and without the presence of the test product to be compared – a standardised protocol for this assessment is currently being developed.

These prices are not inclusive of VAT so this will also need to be added to the fee payable.

  Performance and efficacy test fees (£) Toxicity assessment: Sea test fees (£) Toxicity assessment: Rocky shore test fees (£) Toxicity assessment: Extended sea test fees (£) Total fee payable (£)
Bioremediat-ion test (each product) 4,310 7,631 6,909 7,631 26,481
Evaluating test data produced by an independent laboratory 1,100 1,100     2,200

Other types of oil spill treatment product

  Performance and efficacy test fees (£) Toxicity test fees (£) Total fee payable (£)
Evaluating test data produced by an independent laboratory Not required Consult MMO for advice Consult MMO for advice

Further information

Get an oil spill treatment product approved

Get an oil spill treatment product approved: tests

Get an oil spill treatment product approved: application form

Contact information

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team

0300 123 1032

dispersants@marinemanagement.org.uk