New scheme (1 July 2020)

Our new scheme commences 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020, NICNAS will be replaced by the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS).

Early regulatory changes now in effect

Whilst the new scheme will begin on 1 July 2020, early regulatory changes are now in effect under the current scheme (NICNAS).

Read all the details about these changes here

There is now a new Australian industrial chemicals law — the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. This law creates a new regulatory scheme for the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia (to replace NICNAS) from 1 July 2020.

The ban on the use of new animal test data for ingredients solely used in cosmetics will also begin on 1 July 2020.

View the new Industrial Chemicals Act 2019


We are currently consulting on changes to the draft General Rules that will support the new scheme. Go to our consultation page for more details.

This timeline provides a snapshot of key milestone dates 2015-2020 for the reforms process, leading to implementation of our new scheme.
Published: 4 April 2019 (click on image to expand)

A timeline from 2015-2020 showing industrial chemicals reforms milestones: NICNAS to AICIS

Last update 8 April 2019