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2022

Date Page Update 
15 September 2022

Step 2 - Introductions that are automatically categorised as exempted 
Step 3 - Introductions that are automatically categorised as reported

See the Categorisation Guide

Minor changes made to remove the word 'automatically' from both headings and in the text on each page. Removing the word 'automatically' helps to clarify to an introducer that steps and criteria must be followed.

8 September 2022 Search industrial chemicals Inventory Added 'Download the Inventory' section with downloadable spreadsheet of Inventory as at 1 September 2022.
1 September 2022 Transition from NICNAS to AICIS

Change to clarify that transition period has not been extended and administrative arrangements for listed introductions remain in place until 30 November 2023.

Original:

1. Listed introductions - transition period extended

The transition period that was to end on 31 August 2022 has been extended to 30 November 2023 for introductions where the chemical is listed on the Inventory and the introducer doesn’t know the identity of the chemical.

Revised: 

1. Listed introductions - administrative arrangement extended

If you introduced an Inventory-listed chemical under NICNAS and don't know the chemical identity – the administrative arrangement that commenced on 8 December 2021 will continue to apply until 30 November 2023.

31 August 2022 Transition from NICNAS to AICIS Updates to describe requirements that apply from 1 September 2022 following the end of the NICNAS to AICIS transition period.
30 August 2022 Organic and natural ingredients Added more examples of extraction processes that cause a chemical change.
19 August 2022 How to register? Updated instances when you need to register (to clarify that importers and manufacturers must register if they intend to sell products that contain industrial chemicals commercially)
25 July 2022

Apply for annual import authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Apply for annual export authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Updated instructions on how to apply to import or export for different categories/scenarios.
 
July 2022 Record-keeping obligations for exempted introductions

Updates to page content and record-keeping checklists for all types of exempted introductions on chemical identity and introduction requirements, including use and exposure.

29 April 2022

Pre-introduction report - highest indicative risk is low risk  

Pre-introduction report  - low-risk flavour or fragrance blend

Pre-introduction report - internationally assessed

Pre-introduction report - research and development       

Varying your pre-introduction report   

Added guidance to explain when we will accept (in limited circumstances) an International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) name as the chemical's 'proper name' in pre-introduction reports (reported category). 
29 April 2022 Record-keeping obligations for exempted introductions Updates to page content and record-keeping checklists for all types of exempted introductions to reflect changes made to the Industrial Chemicals (General Rules) 2019.
29 April 2022 Record- keeping obligations for reported introductions Updates to page content and record-keeping checklists for all types of reported introductions to reflect changes made to the Industrial Chemicals (General Rules) 2019.
8 April 2022 Foreign companies and chemical data providers Added guidance for about providing information in an AICIS application and instructions for creating an AICIS business ID as a registrant or information provider.
10 March 2022 Search industrial chemicals inventory Added 'Download the Inventory' section with downloadable spreadsheet of Inventory as at 10 February 2022.
7 March 2022 Banned or restricted chemicals Updated to include information about new restrictions on the import and export of mercury under the Minamata Convention. 
3 March 2022 Record keeping for reported introductions - highest indicative risk is low risk  Updated to add a revised record-keeping checklist for this type of introduction that reflects changes made to the Industrial Chemicals (General Rules) 2019.
14 February 2022  Become a confidence holder of an approved confidential business information (CBI) Updated to reiterate that the page content only refers to applications for confidentially listed chemicals that were on the former NICNAS Inventory.
3 February 2022

Categorisation of polymers

Updated example under 'Post-introduction declarations for exempted introductions'.

2021

Date Page Update
10 December 2021

Record keeping for exempted introductions – highest indicative risk is very low

Record keeping for reported introductions – highest indicative risk is very low

Categorisation of chemicals that are intentionally released to the environment during use

Categorisation of chemicals with an end use offshore

For 'introductions that involve a designated kind of release into the environment':

  • Added a new requirement to provide information on the quantity of the chemical released into the environment.
  • added the words 'if practicable' for all information requirements relating to location of release, frequency of release and quantity of chemical release into the environment
10 December 2021 Pre-introduction report - research and development Added requirement to provide information about whether you know that the chemical consists of particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or agglomerate, where at least 50% (by number size distribution) of the particles have at least one external dimension in the nanoscale
8 December 2021 Transition from NICNAS to AICIS | Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) Updated information about record-keeping obligations for Inventory-listed introductions started under NICNAS.

 

 December 2021 2021-22 AICIS Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) - updated December 2021

Updated financial and non-financial performance for the 2020-21 year (sections 5 & 6); updated the cumulative balance estimates for the current year (2021-22) and future years (table 4, section 4).

There are no changes to fees and charges in this update.

23 November 2021

Categorisation of chemicals that are intentionally released to the environment during use

Glossary: Designated kind of release to the environment

Clarified that a chemical with an end use in air fresheners is no longer a 'designated kind of release into the environment'
23 November 2021 Chemicals listed in the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Added this paragraph:

'This applies unless your chemical is both of the following:

  1. imported or exported solely for use in research or analysis
  2. the volume of chemical you import or export in a registration year does not exceed 100 kg'
23 November 2021

Apply for annual export authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Deleted 'export authorisation #6 - an Australian business exporting a banned or severely restricted chemical in circumstances where the industrial use is out of scope as detailed in Article 3(2)(h)(i and ii) of the Rotterdam Convention'
23 November 2021

Apply for annual import authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Deleted the 2 import authorisation scenarios.
23 November 2021 Record keeping for reported introductions - internationally assessed

Added words shown in bold text:

'Records to prove the total volume of your chemical introduced in a registration year does not exceed the volume stated in your pre-introduction report as the maximum volume you intended to introduce and does not exceed the volume of the chemical assessed in the international assessment or evaluation'

23 November 2021

Categorisation of biochemicals

Categorisation of genetically modified products

Categorisation of chemicals with end use in an article with food contact

Categorisation of chemicals with an end use in articles that are children's toys or children's care products

Record keeping for exempted introductions - highest indicative risk is very low

Record keeping for reported introductions - internationally assessed

Record keeping for reported introductions – highest indicative risk is low

Added sentence about obligation to keep written undertaking if the introducer does not have the required information.
23 November 2021

Record-keeping obligations for Inventory-listed chemicals

Added timeframe of '40 working days' to provide written undertaking if introducer does not know the chemicals' CAS number or name; added extra option for the chemical identity record that the introducer can keep if they don't know the CAS name or number – names by the which the chemical is known to the person or the names of all products containing the chemical that are imported into Australia by the person.
23 November 2021

Categorisation of chemicals at the nanoscale

Categorisation of chemicals introduced for research and development

Record keeping for reported introductions - research and development

Decision tool – work out if your introduction is medium to high risk for human health

Update: clarified the nanoscale criteria
7 October 2021 Difference between blending and manufacturing chemicals Update: Added example 4.
29 September 2021 Apply to add a person to be covered or removed by a certificate Update: Added 'Before you apply' section in the accordions 'Apply to add a person to be covered by a certificate' and 'Apply to be removed as a person covered by a certificate'.
29 September 2021 Apply to add or remove a certificate holder Update: Added 'Before you apply' section in the accordions 'Apply to be added as a certificate holder' and 'Apply to be removed as a certificate holder'.
29 September 2021 Apply to add or remove an authorisation holder

Update: Added 'Before you apply' section in the accordions 'Apply to be added as a commercial evaluation authorisation (CEA) holder' and 'Apply to be removed as a commercial evaluation authorisation (CEA) holder'.

29 September 2021 Apply to cancel a certificate Update: Added 'Before you apply' section.
29 September 2021 Apply to cancel or vary an authorisation

Update: Added 'Before you apply' section in the accordions 'Apply to cancel a commercial evaluation authorisation' and 'Apply to vary a commercial evaluation authorisation'.

29 September 2021 Apply to vary the terms of an assessment certificate
 
Update: Added 'Before you apply' section.
29 September 2021 What is a polymer? Update: Added note to the beginning of the page reading 'Note: This page isn’t a technical or general overview of polymers. It is a definition to help you comply with our regulation'.
22 September 2021 How much is my registration fee?

Update: Three separate equations to calculate the registration charge for users that are:

  • importing and manufacturing industrial chemicals
  • only importing industrial chemicals and
  • only manufacturing industrial chemicals.
31 July 2021 Apply for annual export authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Correction: Added the 6 export scenarios and separated them into 3 categories – A, B and C. Added a definition for 'out of scope'. Updated the export categories on the PDF application form so they align with the web page text. Updated the link to the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 so it goes to the specific section. 

Deletion: Removed the word 'avgas' because this is a mixture of chemicals and not all of them are covered by the Rotterdam Convention. Removed 'name of mixture' because we already ask for other information that identifies the chemical.

31 July 2021 Apply for annual import authorisation - Rotterdam Convention

Correction: Added the 2 import scenarios and a definition for 'out of scope'. Updated the import categories on the PDF application form so they align with the web page text. Updated the link to the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 so it goes to the specific section. 

Deletion: Removed the word 'avgas' because this is a mixture of chemicals and not all of them are covered by the Rotterdam Convention

14 July 2021

Categorisation of chemicals in e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers

Correction: Deleted the words ‘tattoo inks’ from the paragraph under ‘Who should read this?’ and inserted the words ‘e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers’.

29 June 2021

Categorisation of highly branched organic chemicals

Addition: We added the word 'very' to this sentence (as highlighted). 

If your introduction is in environment exposure band 2 (and you want to demonstrate that it has very low indicative environment risk), or if the environment exposure band is 3 or 4, you might choose to demonstrate the absence of the persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic hazard characteristic by demonstrating the absence of the persistence hazard characteristic.

4 June 2021

Introductions that don't require categorisation and registration

Correction: The sentence about an incidentally introduced chemical not having commercial value separate from the other industrial chemical that it is introduced with was incorrectly placed as a dot point under the heading 'Incidentally introduced chemicals'. This sentence was moved to the first paragraph to clarify that the criteria of having no separate commercial value applies regardless of how the incidentally introduced chemical was created.

3 June 2021

What is an article?

Deletion: Deleted the sentence 'We define an article as a finished good that is designed for a particular purpose and that does not release a chemical during use' from the blue title banner.

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