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Transition from NICNAS to AICIS

Introductions less than 100 kg and less than 1% (NICNAS exemptions)

You can keep introducing chemicals under NICNAS exemptions until 31 August 2022. You'll need to comply with these record-keeping obligations. After 31 August 2022, you’ll need to categorise your introduction to make sure you’re compliant with AICIS. We’ll remind you as the date approaches. This arrangement applies to the following NICNAS exemptions: 

  • research and development (less than 100 kg)
  • no unreasonable risk in cosmetics (less than 100 kg)
  • no unreasonable risk in non-cosmetics (less than 100 kg) and 
  • non-hazardous in cosmetics (less than 1%) 

Get more detail on these NICNAS exemptions (you will be taken to the archived NICNAS website).

Please note there are no 'AICIS exemptions' to replace the 'less than 100 kg NICNAS exemptions'. Rather, you must categorise your introduction and follow our Categorisation Guide.


These pages from the archived NICNAS website were published in December 2019 to January 2020 and explain transitional arrangements for the changeover from NICNAS to AICIS.


Looking for the archived NICNAS website? Go to the National Library of Australia's Trove.
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