Step 3: Introductions that are automatically categorised as reported
Certain chemical introductions are considered to be ‘low risk’ to human health and the environment and are therefore automatically categorised as reported introductions. Compliance obligations apply including reporting and record-keeping.
Chemicals that are only used for research and development
Your introduction is automatically categorised as reported if all of the following apply (note that the volume of chemical that you can introduce in a registration year is limited, unless use of the chemical will be subject to the introducer’s control and you can demonstrate that the nanoscale criteria do not apply to your introduction):
- you only use your chemical for research and development, or make it available to another person who only uses it in research and development
- you don’t make your chemical available to the public in any form (whether on its own, in combination with other industrial chemicals or as part of an article)
- you use control measures to eliminate or minimise any risks to the environment and any risks to the people involved in using the chemical for research and development
and, either 1 or 2 applies:
- you will introduce more than 250 kg of your chemical in a registration year, use of your chemical will be subject to your (the introducer’s) control and you can demonstrate that your chemical is either:
- not introduced as a solid or in a dispersion or
- 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 particle size range of 1 to 100 nm, or otherwise
- you will introduce more than 10 kg, but not more than 100 kg of your chemical in a registration year
- To prove that your chemical is not introduced as a solid or in a dispersion, you might have an SDS or product information sheet that indicates the appearance (for example, in liquid form).
- To prove that your chemical does not consist of particles in an unbound state or as an aggregate or agglomerate, at least 50% of which (by number size distribution) have at least one external dimension in the nanoscale, you might have a study report about the particle size distribution of your chemical.
Low-risk flavour or fragrance blend introductions
Flavour blends are mixtures of chemicals that are formulated to impart a taste. Fragrance blends are mixtures of chemicals that are formulated to impart a scent or cover a malodour. Your introduction is automatically categorised as reported if it meets the following requirements:
- your chemical is part of a flavour or a fragrance blend and the blend is introduced either on its own, or with other chemicals
- the concentration of your chemical when it is introduced is 1% or less
- the concentration of your chemical in end-use products is 1% or less
- your chemical must not have an end use in a personal vaporiser, such as e-cigarettes
- your chemical does not have any of the hazard characteristics in the highest human health and the environment hazard bands
- your chemical must either be on the IFRA Transparency List at the time that your pre-introduction report is submitted, or certain information about its introduction must be given to us before you introduce the chemical, including:
- the proper name of your chemical and its CAS number (if assigned)
- information on known hazard characteristics
- the maximum concentration of the chemical in the blend at introduction and end use
- the name you use to refer to the blend
What are your obligations for this category?
You can go ahead and introduce a chemical that’s automatically categorised as reported into Australia, as long as you:
- register with us
- submit a once-off pre-introduction report before you introduce the chemical
- keep records about the chemical
- submit an annual declaration
If your introduction is not covered on this page, there is another way that you can categorise your introduction as reported. To do this, you need to work out your introduction’s indicative risk to human health and the environment. If the highest indicative risk is low, your introduction is categorised as reported.