Chemicals and registration
Last update 17 August 2017
Is my substance a chemical?
NICNAS defines a 'chemical' according to the meaning given in the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment Act 1989 (ICNA Act)
What is a relevant industrial chemical?
Relevant industrial chemicals are defined by exclusion of other types of chemicals. If you import and/or manufacture relevant industrial chemicals for commercial purposes, you must register your business with NICNAS.
What is an excluded use?
An excluded use is a therapeutic, agricultural, veterinary or food use of a chemical. Other agencies regulate these chemicals.
What is a naturally-occurring chemical?
Definition of a naturally-occurring chemical. In determining whether a chemical meets the definition of a naturally-occurring chemical, a number of factors need to be considered.
What is steam distillation?
Distillation is a separation process based on the difference in composition between a liquid mixture and the vapour formed from it.
What is an article?
You need to register with NICNAS if you commercially import chemicals for local manufacture into articles, or you commercially import chemicals that are inside an article (container) that are designed to be released from the container during use.
Blending or manufacturing chemicals
Understanding the difference between blending and manufacturing chemicals is important because any commercial activity resulting in a chemical reaction will require a business to register with NICNAS.
What is commercial use?
You will need to register with NICNAS if you import and/or manufacture relevant industrial chemicals for commercial purposes