What is an excluded use?

Excluded use means using the chemical solely as:

  • an agricultural chemical
  • a veterinary chemical
  • a medicine or therapeutic, or
  • a food or food additive.

Chemicals used in this way are not industrial chemicals and are regulated by other agencies.

Regulating excluded-use chemicals

It is important to note that other government agencies are responsible for regulating chemicals used for an excluded use.

If you are using the chemical for any other purpose, you may need to register your business with NICNAS.

Examples of excluded uses

Substances used to control pests (including animals, plants and other organisms) are considered agricultural chemicals and are regulated by the APVMA. This includes household insect sprays, weed killers and personal insect repellents without sunscreens.

Pool chemicals used for pool sanitising (such as chlorine, bromine and algaecides) are considered pesticides and are regulated by the APVMA. Other pool chemicals not used for sanitising (such as flocculants, clarifiers and stabilisers) are regulated by NICNAS.

Fertilisers (growth enhancers) are also regulated by the APVMA. However, soil conditioners that are not growth enhancers may be regulated by NICNAS.

Other household chemicals and products such as pet medicines and pet food are considered agricultural or veterinary chemicals and are regulated by the APVMA.

Chemicals imported or manufactured for use as or to make medicines or medical products are considered therapeutic goods and are regulated by the TGA. For example, polymers imported to manufacture a medical device are not considered industrial chemicals because they are used to manufacture therapeutics goods, which are regulated under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

This also includes prescription and non-prescription medicines (including over-the-counter and complementary medicines), medical devices (including some sterilants and disinfectants) and biologicals (including blood and blood products, tissue and cellular products).

Last update 25 October 2019