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We've updated our guidance on NICNAS to AICIS transitional arrangements.

Step 4: Is the end use of your chemical in Australia the same as its end use overseas?

This section relates to introductions that are internationally assessed for the environment only. These must meet all of the criteria described in each step to be considered a 'low risk' introduction under AICIS.

Note: If you meet our equivalent criterion for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for human health, then you will also meet it for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment. 

Your chemical’s end use in Australia must be the same as the end use overseas. Otherwise, you will not meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment. 

The end use overseas is the end use that the trusted overseas body assessed and described in the overseas report.

What do we mean by the ‘same end use’?

Most industrial chemical introductions into Australia will meet at least one of the following end uses. See Part 2.1.2 of the Categorisation Guidelines for a definition of these end uses. 

  • adhesive and sealant products
  • apparel and footwear care products
  • arts, crafts and hobby products
  • explosive products
  • fuel, oil, fuel oil additives and related products
  • lubricant and grease products
  • personal care products - limited environmental release
  • tattoo ink products
  • paint and coating products
  • plastic and polymer products
  • construction products not covered by other end uses listed here
  • fabric, textile and leather products not covered by other end uses listed here
  • electronic products
  • ink, toner and colourant products
  • air care products
  • anti-freeze and de-icing products
  • automotive care products
  • cleaning and furniture care products
  • laundry and dishwashing products
  • extractive products not covered by other end uses listed here
  • paper products
  • personal care products not covered by other end uses listed here
  • photographic products
  • water treatment products
  • personal vaporiser products

For your chemical to have the ’same end use’, your end use in Australia and your end use overseas must both fit within the same entry from the above list.

If your chemical’s end use in Australia is the same as the end use described in the overseas report, continue to Step 5 to work out if you meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment.

If your chemical’s end use in Australia is different to the end use described in the overseas report, you do not meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment.

If you have direct access to the complete overseas report, check the above list to work out the correct end use description for your introduction.

If you do not have direct access to the complete overseas report, check the information that was submitted to the overseas body. This is the information that the overseas body based their assessment on.

Example

End use in Australia Hair care products
End use definition for the Australian end use Personal care products not covered by other end uses
End use assessed overseas Make-up products
End use definition for the overseas end use Personal care products not covered by other end uses
Could you meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment? Yes – the definition for the overseas end use and the Australian end use are the same 

Example

End use in Australia Cleaning products
End use definition for the Australian end use Cleaning and furniture care products
End use assessed overseas Lubricant
End use definition for the overseas end use Lubricant and grease product 
Could you meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment? No – the definition for the overseas end use and the Australian end use are different
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