Categorisation Guidelines (draft)

Have your say on the draft Categorisation Guidelines

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New: Case studies - a step by step guide to categorising chemicals under the new scheme

We are seeking your feedback on the draft Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines (Categorisation Guidelines) which contain technical details and requirements that industrial chemical importers and manufacturers need to use to categorise their chemicals under the new scheme. Chemicals that were previously imported or manufactured under an exemption, permit or assessment certificate will need to be categorised using the process and criteria described in the Categorisation Guidelines and the General Rules.

You must read the Categorisation Guidelines in conjunction with the General Rules.

The Categorisation Guidelines 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

Reading the Categorisation Guidelines

We recommend you view the Categorisation Guidelines on your web browser. You can print any of the pages and some sections are downloadable as a PDF document.

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Help with understanding the Categorisation Guidelines

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 and Categorisation Guidelines

Go to changes to categorisation of industrial chemicals 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.

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 - 31 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


Free call: 1800 638 528 (charges may apply for mobile)

Landline: +61 2 8577 8800

How to make a formal submission

The public comment period is now Thursday 31 May 2018, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) (an extension of the previous date of 4 May 2018).


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Last update 17 May 2018