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Welcome to the website of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). We started on 1 July 2020. Read about us.

Minor changes to the Categorisation Guidelines

The Categorisation Guidelines set out technical details and requirements to support introducers to categorise introductions of industrial chemicals. The Executive Director of AICIS issues the Categorisation Guidelines.

Last December we told you about the key changes we made to the Categorisation Guidelines after extensive stakeholder consultation.

Since then we’ve made the following minor/editorial changes:

  • corrected some typographical errors
  • reordered some of the text
  • made the information requirements clearer for:
    • UV filters
    • chemicals with an end use in tattoo inks
    • highly branched organic chemicals
    • chemicals with an end use as a biocidal active

Other changes

Persistent and bioaccumulative hazard characteristic – waiver for high molecular weight polymers

We’ve made the waiver for the persistent and bioaccumulative hazard characteristic for high molecular weight polymers (in part 6.28.2) consistent with the waiver for the persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic hazard characteristic. This waiver applies to high molecular weight polymers with:

  • < 25% low molecular weight oligomeric species <1,000g/mol AND
  • <10% low molecular weight oligomeric species <500g/mol

Options for in silico information

We’ve made changes for the Derek Nexus in silico model so that it can now be used for more human health hazard characteristics (see Part 8.2).

NOEC (no observed effect concentration)

We’ve removed mention of NOEC from places that talk about acute aquatic toxicity, as NOEC is only relevant for chronic aquatic toxicity.

The Categorisation Guidelines with these changes will be available from 1 July on our new website.


Categorisation Guide – practical steps to follow on categorising your introduction

We’d like to remind everyone about our Categorisation Guide. This guide draws on information in the IC Act, General Rules and the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines and is supported by self-guided decision tools to help you complete the categorisation process. The guidance walks you through what you need to check and in what order you need to do it.

Go to Categorisation Guide which is also available for you to download


Updates to the list of chemicals with high hazards for categorisation

This list has been updated as well.

This is a list of chemicals that trusted national and international sources consider to be highly hazardous to human health or the environment.

View the list of chemicals with high hazards for categorisation

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