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Version 2.0 of the Categorisation Guide released (November 2022)

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Today we announced some regulatory changes due to the amendment of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019, or General Rules, relating to introductions with a combined volume of 10 kg or less in a registration year. 

As a result, we've updated the 'Guide to categorising your chemical importation and manufacture' (Categorisation Guide). The main changes to the Categorisation Guide are the addition of:

  • introductions of 10 kg or less to Step 3 - Introductions that are in the reported category of the Categorisation Guide - including criteria that must be met
  • a new page called 'Your obligations after categorisation' to give more clarity to introducers about their next steps after they've categorised their introduction  

You can see all the changes we've made by viewing the version history on the cover page of the Categorisation Guide.

What is the Categorisation Guide? It's step-by-step instructions for importers and manufacturers (introducers) to categorise their chemical introduction as listed or exempted or reported or assessed. It draws on information in the Industrial Chemicals Act, General Rules and the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines.

We consulted on these changes to the General Rules. You can read a summary of stakeholder feedback and our responses.

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