Naturally-occurring chemicals

Last update 17 October 2017

Many products have ingredients (chemicals) derived from natural sources such as plants and minerals. These products are often marketed as 'natural', 'organic' or 'pure'.

Not all chemicals from natural sources meet the definition of a 'naturally-occurring chemical'.

Read the definition of a 'naturally-occurring chemical'

If a chemical in your product does not meet the naturally occurring chemical definition, it is a relevant industrial chemical.

If you want to manufacture and/or import a relevant industrial chemical or a product containing relevant industrial chemicals, for commercial purposes, you will need to register your business with us.

You do not need to notify us if your chemical is a naturally-occurring chemical. This is because these chemicals are treated like they are on the chemical inventory (AICS), whether they are listed or not.

Has any processing occurred?

Some chemicals can be obtained from nature without any processing, such as minerals and animal milk. These ingredients meet the definition of a 'naturally-occurring chemical'.

Most chemicals derived from nature, however, need some type of processing before they can be used in a product.

Do the ingredients in my product meet the definition of a naturally-occurring chemical?

You need to consider:

  • the process involved in deriving or extracting it, and
  • if there has been a change in the chemical composition during the extractive process.