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Some NICNAS exemption provisions available until 31 August 2022

There are no AICIS exemptions for the introduction of low volume (100 kg or less) and less than 1% concentration of chemicals in cosmetics.

You will need to categorise any industrial chemicals that you import or manufacture into one of the 5 AICIS introduction categories. This includes industrial chemicals in ready-made products such as cosmetics.

However, we want to give you time to adjust to the new scheme. Under our transitional arrangements, the following exemption provisions that existed under the old scheme, NICNAS, will be available until 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

Introductions made under these arrangements 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.

Note: If you don’t wish to introduce a chemical in the reported category, you can still go ahead and work out if it’s authorised under another introduction category using our guide to categorising your chemical importation or manufacture.

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. Learn more about introductions that are automatically categorised as exempted.

Get more detail on the above NICNAS exemptions 

(you will be taken to the archived NICNAS website).

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

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