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Record keeping for reported introductions - research and development

You must keep certain records for introductions of chemicals that are only for use in research and development, which you’ve categorised as reported. You must provide these records within 20 working days if we ask for them.

Before you read this page’s content, make sure you’ve already read and understood:

  • why you must keep records
  • written undertakings as records (if you’ve relied on information held by another person — such as a supplier or manufacturer — to categorise your introduction)

Go to our record-keeping overview page for this information.

Records you must keep

The following table provides information about the records you must keep for introductions of chemicals that are only for use in research and development.

The type of records you must keep depends on whether you know the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS number) or the proper name (CAS or IUPAC) for your chemical.

Records to keep if you know the CAS number and/or proper name for your chemical Records to keep if you DO NOT know the proper name for your chemical

1a. If you know the CAS number, a record of it, plus the CAS name or INCI name OR

1b. If you know the proper name (CAS or IUPAC) but no CAS number is assigned – a record of the proper name

2. Records to prove your introduction is NOT covered by any of the provisions of section 25 of the General Rules.

3. If your chemical is a solid or in dispersion, and you introduce > 100kg of your chemical in a registration year, records to prove that your chemical does not consist of particles in an unbound state or as an aggregate or agglomerate, at least 50% (by number size distribution) of which have at least one external dimension in the nanoscale.

4. Records to prove that the requirements of subsection 27(2) or 27(3) of the General Rules (as applicable) are being met for your introduction.

1. The names you use to refer to your chemical (including the names given in your pre-introduction report).

2. The names of any products containing your chemical that you have imported into Australia.

3. A written undertaking from the supplier or manufacturer that the introduction of your chemical isn’t covered by any of the provisions of section 25 of the General Rules, and that the person who holds the information will give us the records to prove this, if we ask for them.

4. If your chemical is a solid or in dispersion, and you introduce > 100kg of your chemical in a registration year, a written undertaking from the supplier or manufacturer that your chemical does not consist of particles in an unbound state or as an aggregate or agglomerate, at least 50% (by number size distribution) of which have at least one external dimension in the nanoscale, and that the person who holds the information will give us the records to prove this, if we ask for them.

5. Records to prove that the requirements of subsection 27(2) or 27(3) of the General Rules (as applicable) are being met for your introduction.

Download the record-keeping checklist

Our record-keeping checklist indicates the type and level of information we expect to receive for each of the requirements in the table above, but it’s not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Download the checklist:

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