Chemical Materials


The Supreme Council for the Environment issues renewable one-year licenses for the import, export, use, storage and handling of chemicals.

Procedures to grant license to a new company to import, export or use chemicals:

  • Submitting the application form obtained from the Commercial Registration to the Licensing Department at the Supreme Council for the Environment.
  • The environmental inspector makes a field visit to the company site to collect preliminary information.
  • The applicant should send an e-mail to the Management of Hazardous Chemicals on the e-mail address (chemicals@sce.gov.bh), including following:
    • An application form to import chemicals (Excel Sheet).
    • The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each substance necessarily containing a chemical composition of 100% should be attached to the application form.
  • The department’s specialist examines the data provided, and the license to import these materials is granted if the data are complete and the materials are not banned or severely restricted.
  • Printing or sending the paper documents are prohibited, as all paperwork transactions will be rejected.

Procedures to grant a license to an existing company to expand the list of imported, exported and used materials:

  • The applicant should send an e-mail to the Management of Hazardous Chemicals on the e-mail address (chemicals@sce.gov.bh), including following:
    • Sending a request to add chemical materials to the Director of Assessment and Control.
    • Filling in an application form to import chemicals (Excel Sheet).
    • The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each substance necessarily containing a chemical composition of 100% should be attached to the application form.
    • A copy of the commercial registration of the company including the importation of chemical materials.
  • The department’s specialist examines the data provided accurately, and the license to import these materials is granted if the data are complete.
  • A copy of the commercial registration is sent via the company’s fax or email after its approval by the management.
  • These procedures apply to materials that are not banned or severely restricted.
  • Printing or sending the paper documents are prohibited, as all paperwork transactions will be rejected.

Licensing and Customs Clearance Procedures for Banned and Severely Restricted Chemical Materials:

  • Filling in the banned or severely restricted substances form. A written license, granted by the SCE’s Assessment and Control Directorate, for an existing company to add new chemical materials for import, export or use should also be provided.
  • The applicant should be committed to all the instructions set forth in the Form.
  • The form should be processed through the customs clearance system (Horizon project).
  • The unit’s specialist examines the application, adopts it or rejects it based on the data provided and the situation of the company.
  • Once the application is approved by customs exits (Horizon project), the importer is entitled to proceed the import demand from the country of origin. The importer will be held legally accountable in case of violation.

General Instructions:

  • If the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each substance necessarily do not contain a chemical composition of 100%, the applicant should submit a formal declaration from manufacturing factory in a sealed official letter including the 100% chemical composition of the material.
  • If the required data is confidential, the applicant should ask the factory to send the required chemical information directly to the SCE’s Hazardous Chemicals Directorate, and it will be treated as confidential data.
  • If the chemical data cannot be directly received from the factory because of the confidentiality of data, the applicant may ask for a meeting with the SCE’s department’s specialist for guidance and help.
  • The import and use of banned or severely restricted material are prohibited, and violators will be held legally responsible.
  • Import of banned and severely restricted substances may be allowed if they are meant for the purpose of laboratory analysis or medical uses. Each shipment must obtain the prior written consent of the SCE’s Assessment and Control Department.
  • Import of banned and severely restricted substances may be allowed if they are going to be used in a closed system. Each shipment must obtain the prior written consent from the SCE’s Assessment and Control Department.

It is prohibited to import any chemical materials or products without taking the prior written license from the SCE’s Environmental Assessment and Control Department, and violators will be held legally responsible.