Key information about the new scheme

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.

View the new Industrial Chemicals Act 2019

This law also gives effect to the ban on the use of new animal test data for ingredients solely used in cosmetics.

Announcement

Industrial Chemicals General Rules, Categorisation Guidelines and Transitional Rules — now final

Date: 2 December 2019

After extensive consultation with stakeholders we're pleased to announce that these key documents are now final:

Coming soon:

  • stakeholder submissions following our public consultations on the General Rules and Categorisation Guidelines
  • summary of submissions and our responses to issues raised

General Rules

The General Rules set out the details for the regulation of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia under AICIS.

View the General Rules

View the Explanatory Statement to the General Rules

Read our summary of key changes we've made to the General Rules


Categorisation Guidelines (final draft)

Download the Categorisation Guidelines [PDF 728 KB]

Download the Categorisation Guidelines [Word 141 KB]

List of chemicals with high hazard for categorisation [Excel 797 KB]

The final draft Categorisation Guidelines set out technical details and requirements of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. The Executive Director of AICIS will sign-off on these Guidelines so they take effect from 1 July 2020.

Read our summary of key changes we've made to Categorisation Guidelines


Transitional Rules

The Transitional Rules cover matters relating to the changeover from NICNAS to AICIS. They will work together with the Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2019.

View the Transitional Rules

View the Explanatory Statement to the Transitional Rules

Transitional highlights

  • NICNAS exemption categories will continue to be available until 31 August 2022 for introduction of chemicals not listed on the AICIS Inventory.
  • NICNAS low volume and controlled use permits will remain in force until at least 30 June 2022.

Go to our transitions section to find answers to your most asked questions

View the Transitional Provisions Act


Other legislation

There is also 3 Industrial Chemicals Charges Acts authorising the imposition of charges on importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals.

View the Industrial Chemicals Charges (Customs) Act 2019

View the Industrial Chemicals Charges (Excise) Act 2019

View the Industrial Chemicals Charges (General) Act 2019


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Last update 5 December 2019