General Rules (draft)

Have your say on the draft General Rules

We are seeking your feedback on the draft Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2018 (General Rules), which set 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 and are also currently open for public comment.

Consultation on the General Rules will be of key interest to:

  • businesses who regularly introduce chemicals into Australia, including those in the cosmetic and personal care and general industrial chemistry sectors.
  • ‘downstream’ businesses that depend on the use or supply of industrial chemicals
  • organisations providing consultancy and regulatory services on industrial chemical regulation
  • organisations who have a regulatory or public policy interest in industrial chemical regulation, including state and territory risk managers

Download the draft General Rules in PDF [867 KB]

Download the draft General Rules in Word [770 KB]

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. These are for consultations purposes and we recommend you read these materials if you are planning to provide feedback.

Go to notes on the draft General Rules

Go to changes to chemical categorisation since Consultation Paper 5

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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

Want to learn more or give general feedback?

Contact us anytime if you have any questions or want to give feedback.

In addition, to help you get more informed before you make a submission, we will run targeted briefings and information sessions with regulated entities, interested businesses and other stakeholders. These will take place during the public consultation period (9 March - 4 May 2018). The sessions will be sector-specific and cover issues or aspects of the Rules and Categorisation Guidelines that are relevant to your sector.

Let us know if you'd like to participate in these targeted consultations by sending us an email or calling us. In the email please include:

  1. Your name, business or organisation you are representing
  2. Questions or issues of interest to you
  3. Name, email and phone number of a contact person


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Landline: +61 2 8577 8800

How to make a formal submission

Public comment period closes on Friday 4 May 2018 at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


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Sydney NSW 2001

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Last update 9 March 2018