General Rules (draft)

The draft Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2018 (General Rules) sets out the details for the regulation of the import and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia under the proposed new regulatory scheme: The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). The General Rules are a legislative instrument (delegated legislation) and form part of new legal framework arising from the NICNAS reforms that is currently awaiting debate in the Parliament.

The General Rules include details on:

  • categorisation of industrial chemical introductions – what is exempted or reported
  • criteria for Commercial Evaluation Authorisations
  • reporting requirements
  • record keeping requirements
  • prescribed bodies for consultation
  • Confidential Business Information (CBI) notifications and applications
  • international agreements

The General Rules frequently refer to the 'Guidelines'. These are the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines which must be read in conjunction with the General Rules.

Consultation on the draft General Rules has closed.

Download the draft General Rules in PDF [867 KB]

Download the draft General Rules in Word [770 KB]

Ban on use of animal test data for cosmetics

See our notes on the draft General Rules regarding the animal test data ban for cosmetics, including the revised start date of the ban.

Help with understanding the General Rules

We prepared supporting information to help you understand the process and requirements around categorisation of chemical introductions described in the draft General Rules and Categorisation Guidelines. This supporting information was for consultation purposes.

Go to notes on the draft General Rules

Go to changes to chemical categorisation since Consultation Paper 5

More supporting information and guidance material will be available after the General Rules and Categorisation Guidelines are finalised. Prior to the commencement of the reforms, we will provide:

  • web-based tools to assist introducers to work out the appropriate introduction category
  • user-friendly guidance to assist introducers to categorise their chemical introductions and to meet their obligations following categorisation, including record keeping and submitting pre-introduction reports for reported introductions
  • case-studies and examples of categorisations of chemical introductions

Last update 27 February 2019