Industrial Chemicals reforms: update on implementation

The Liberal National Government remains committed to implementing the reforms to establish the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), including the ban on the use of data derived from animal testing to support the introduction of cosmetic ingredients. However, passage of the Industrial Chemicals legislation for the new scheme is now expected to be debated in the Senate in the first half of 2019.

The Liberal National Government has considered options to address issues associated with the revised timeline. To assist regulated entities to adequately prepare for implementation of AICIS, the Liberal National Government has decided to change commencement of the scheme to 1 July 2020. Government amendments to change the commencement date will be moved at the time of debate in the Senate.

The Liberal National Government looks forward to implementing the ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals, that is included in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017. This ban will also commence on 1 July 2020.

The current regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals (NICNAS) will continue until the AICIS commences. Stakeholders were previously consulted on proposed amendments to the current scheme set out in the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2017 to introduce ‘early wins’. These ‘early wins’ include reducing the regulatory burden for some lower risk chemicals through removing certain annual reporting requirements and reforming the definition and regulatory treatment of polymers. There is no change to the Liberal National Government’s intention that the early wins should take effect as soon as possible after the Industrial Chemicals Bill is passed.

Last update 11 January 2019