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Some NICNAS exemption provisions available until 31 August 2022

Under AICIS, there is no exemption or special category for introductions of low volume and less than 1% concentration of chemicals in cosmetics. You must categorise any industrial chemicals that you import or manufacture into one of the 5 introduction categories before 1 September 2022. This includes industrial chemicals in ready-made products such as cosmetics.

These exemption provisions that existed under NICNAS (that were available under the transitional arrangements), will expire on 31 August 2022.

  • non-cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk) – not more than 100 kg in a 12-month period
  • cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk) – not more than 100 kg in a 12-month period 
  • research and development or analysis (manufactured in a fixed apparatus in a specific location)
  • research and development or analysis (importation only) – not more than 100 kg in a 12-month period
  • cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk and non-hazardous chemical) – not more than 1% concentration in a cosmetic

Video tutorial

This video tutorial shows you how to work out which AICIS category applies to you


From 1 September 2022, you cannot introduce chemicals under any of these exemption provisions. You’ll need to categorise your introduction under our current scheme and meet the requirements for the relevant introduction category. 

Chemicals introduced under NICNAS exemptions and the AICIS ‘exempted category’ are not the same thing. As well as our video, you can also use our guide to work out your introduction's category.

NICAS exemptions - recordkeeping obligations

If you have been introducing chemicals under these transitional arrangements between 1 July 2020 and 31 August 2022, then they are taken to be AICIS reported introductions under section 27 of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. You must keep records to prove that your chemical introduction meets the relevant exemption provision criteria. We may ask for these records to confirm that your chemical introductions are authorised under our laws.

See your record-keeping obligations for chemicals introduced under NICNAS exemptions

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