Early regulatory changes affecting chemical importers and manufacturers
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). These changes will reduce regulatory burden for introducers of some lower risk chemicals such as polymers of low concern.
The following changes are now in effect:
- no more annual reporting for permit holders and self-assessed assessment certificate holders
- shorter timeframes for Approved Foreign Scheme assessments
- polymers of low concerns (PLCs) are exempt from notification
- expansion of the PLC criteria
- changes to the definition of a new synthetic polymer
- no more Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels required for cosmetics introduced at low volumes
The following is a summary of changes and with links to the relevant information pages.
No annual reports for permits and self-assessed assessment certificates
Annual reports are not required to be submitted for the following permits and self-assessment certificates:
- commercial evaluation permits
- low volume permits
- controlled use permits
- self-assessment — PLCs (SAPLC)
- self-assessment — non-hazardous chemicals
- self-assessment — non-hazardous polymers.
Shorter time frames for Approved Foreign Scheme assessments
The time frame for assessments under the Approved Foreign Scheme category will be reduced from 90 days to 60 days. This applies to new chemical certificate applications under the current Approved Foreign Scheme categories for Limited and Standard certificates.
Polymers of low concern are exempt from notification
PLCs can now be introduced without notification.
Expansion of the PLC criteria
New criteria for PLCs are now in effect. These new criteria mean more polymers will meet the definition of a PLC and thus a greater number will be exempt from notification. The changes to the PLC criteria are:
- removal of the molecular weight specification for polyesters
- addition of chemicals to the prescribed reactants list for polyesters
- alignment of molecular weight boundaries with those used in USA
- alignment of the moderate and high concern functional groups with those used in USA and Canada
- restrictions on perfluorinated polymers so they cannot be PLCs
Change to synthetic polymer definition
The definition of new synthetic polymer has changed. References to 'at least 2%' in the current definition have been amended to read 'greater than 2%. This provides greater international alignment with the USA and Canada.
A new synthetic polymer is now defined as a synthetic polymer:
Removal of SDS and labelling requirements for exempt cosmetics
Safety Data Sheets and labels no longer have to be provided if the cosmetic is introduced under the 'no unreasonable risk' category in volumes greater than 10kg per annum.
If you have a question about the new scheme, please contact us.
Last update 8 April 2019