Raising awareness about the risk of imported products containing asbestos

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s role under the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014-18 is to provide an effective coordinated response when asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in imported products are identified. The agency provides information to importers on the application process for permits to import or export asbestos and ACM, which are granted by the Minister for Employment.

The agency is also responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Employment in relation to requests for permission to import asbestos. The Minister has the ability to grant permission for the importation of samples of asbestos for the purposes of research, analysis or display, in some circumstance.