Past consultations

Removal of non-industrial chemicals from the Inventory before the new scheme, AICIS, starts

Consultation opened on 3 December 2019
Consultation closed 31 March 2020

Our new scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), starts on 1 July 2020. It will be governed by a new law — the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 (IC Act). The Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (the new Inventory) will replace the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (the current Inventory). Section 80 of the IC Act mandates that the new Inventory must only contain industrial chemicals.

At the moment, we believe that the current Inventory lists more than 1600 chemicals that are not — and are not likely to ever have been — industrial chemicals, and are (or have been) used solely as:

  • an agricultural chemical
  • a veterinary chemical
  • a medicine or therapeutic, or
  • a food or food additive

Chemicals used in this way are not industrial chemicals and are regulated by other agencies. Under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, these are called ‘excluded use’ chemicals.

We prepared a list of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory that we believe do not have (and have not had) an industrial use and need to be removed.

We intend to remove from the current Inventory all chemicals on the list that have no industrial use before the new scheme starts. The AICIS Inventory will then contain chemicals used only for industrial purposes.

Request for information — do you know if any chemicals on our list has an industrial use?

If you're aware of any chemicals on our list that has an industrial use, we need to know.

The due date to submit information is 31 March 2020. You can use our online form (preferred method) to provide information to us.

Submit this form if you want to provide information to us about any industrial uses of the chemicals on the list

What will happen after 31 March 2020?

We will:

  • consider the information received
  • remove any chemical without an industrial use from the Inventory, and
  • publish a list of these chemicals on our website

We will not remove any chemical that has an industrial use as well as an excluded use.

December Chemical Gazette

You'll can read more background on this matter including more in depth information on relevant legislation in the December 2019 Chemical Gazette.

Previous consultations on this issue

This is our third round of consultation. It follows our previous consultations on these chemicals, which we did under the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework.

New scheme: Proposed fees and charges for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS)

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Download consultation paper [PDF 561 KB]

Consultation opened on 31 January 2020
Consultation closed on 13 March 2020

This paper outlines how we propose to recover the costs of running AICIS through fees and charges imposed on industrial chemical importers and manufacturers from 1 July 2020.

We sought your feedback and asked 4 questions:

  • What is your preferred option for calculating the registration levy from those proposed in Tables 6-9 of this consultation paper and for what reasons?
  • Now that fees and charges have been quantified in this consultation paper, what are the potential impacts of the proposed fees and charges on your business?
  • Are there other economic conditions, or changes to fees and charges payable to the Australian Government that will have business impacts in addition to those arising from AICIS’s proposed fees and charges? Please provide details.
  • Do you anticipate a change in the frequency and type of interaction with the regulator over the next three years? Please provide details.

IMAP Tranche 28

  • Interested parties were invited to comment on the assessment outcomes of IMAP – Tranche 28 reports published on 12 December 2019.
  • The public comment period closed on 21 February 2020.

New scheme: Principles for the design of fees and charges for AICIS

Download consultation paper - Principles for cost recovery of AICIS [PDF 622 KB]

Consultation closed on 14 October 2019

AICIS will replace the current scheme (NICNAS) on 1 July 2020.  As with NICNAS, the costs of running AICIS will be recovered through fees and charges imposed on importers and manufacturers (introducers) of industrial chemicals. We sough views on the principles and options, outlined in our paper, that we will use to establish fees and charges for AICIS.

We will use feedback we've received to develop a draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS), which will include a proposed schedule of fees and charges for introducers under AICIS.

Find out more about the new scheme

IMAP Tranche 27

  • Interested parties were invited to comment on the assessment outcomes of IMAP – Tranche 27 reports published on 28 June 2019.
  • The public comment period closed on 23 August 2019.

Call for Information on pentaBDE

  • On 7 May 2019, we issued a call for information on the industrial chemical pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE). This was part of our current assessment of the human health and environmental risks of the chemical as a Priority Existing Chemical under sections 57 and 60A of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the ICNA Act).
  • The call for information applied to all importers and manufacturers of pentaBDE, or articles or mixtures containing pentaBDE.
  • The call for information period closed on 7 June 2019.

New scheme: changes we are proposing to make to the draft General Rules

  • Interested parties were invited to comment on the consultation paper on the draft General Rules for the new scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). You can download the consultation paper [PDF 897 KB]. This consultation related to certain General Rules that are either new or require significant change from the earlier exposure draft as a result of the passage of the IC Act (as amended). Stakeholder feedback on the categorisation criteria in the earlier draft of the General Rules was also considered in this process.
  • The public consultation started 4 April 2019 and closed on 17 May 2019.

Important: This consultation was not a further exposure draft of all the General Rules. We are continuing to develop the remainder of the General Rules, taking into account the stakeholder feedback received on the exposure drafts in 2018.

IMAP Tranche 26

  • Interested parties were invited to comment on the assessment outcomes of IMAP—Tranche 26 reports published on 8 March 2019.
  • The public comment period closed on 3 May 2019.

Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) 2019-20

Consultation closed 5 April 2019

Public comment was invited on the draft CRIS. The CRIS provides information on how the current scheme (NICNAS) implements cost recovery for its regulatory activities. Its purpose is to transparently demonstrate compliance with the Australian Government's Cost Recovery Guidelines and to outline proposed changes to existing regulatory fees and charges in 2019-2020.

The CRIS for 2019-20 has now been finalised.

Draft priority existing chemical report —  Decabromodiphenyl Ether

Consultation closed 1 April 2019

The report focused on our assessment of risks to:

  • workers handling decaBDE or its products
  • the general public coming in contact directly or indirectly with articles containing decaBDE and
  • to the environment.

You can read more more background information in our March 2019 Chemical Gazette.

Last update 1 April 2020