Brief Introduction to NICNAS

Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) encompasses about 38,000 substances that were listed into the AICS during 1 January 1977 and 28 February 1990 as well as some 1,000 substances listed in the confidential list. In order to regulate chemicals, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) was set up in 1990. Its main responsibilities are as following: 

  1. Assessing industrial chemicals for human health and/or environmental impacts as well as making recommendations on their safe use;
  2. Registering introducers of industrial chemicals;
  3. Collating and analyzing information about the introduction of chemicals, audits companies for compliance with obligations under the Act, and undertakes relevant enforcement action.
  4. Ensuring that Australia meets its obligations under international agreements relating to industrial chemicals.

Enterprises under Supervision of NICNAS

  1. Manufacturers and importers within the territory of Australia;
  2. Formulators of mixtures do not need to comply with NICNAS in case no new chemical substance isformedduring the formulation process.

NICNAS is not applicable to:

  1. Chemicals for non-commercial uses;
  2. Chemicals for non-industrial uses, including pesticide, medicine and food addictive;
  3. Naturally-occurring chemicals or biological materials;
  4. Downstream products (such as electronic and textiles etc.)

Company Registration

Regardless of the amount of the industrial chemicals imported or manufactured, Australian importers/manufacturers shall register their trade information in case they need to import/manufacture industrial chemicals for commercial use, including existing and new chemical substances. The available time for registration is from 1September to 31 August of the next year.

In case one manufacturer/ importer fails to fulfill the requirements for registration, he will be imposed a fine for the illegal behavior. The manufacturer/ importer will also be prohibited from introducing industrial chemicals.

New Chemical Substances Exempt from NICNAS Notification:

  1. For research, development or analysis purposes: In case of import, not more than 100kg in a 12-month period; in case of manufacture, no limitations; or
  2. For transshipment (under customs control at a port for 30 days maximum); or
  3. For non-cosmetic exemption with no unreasonable risk and the tonnage shall be no more than 100kg in a 12-month period; or
  4. For cosmetics with no unreasonable risks and the tonnage shall be no more than 100kg in a 12-month period; or
  5. For non-hazardous new chemical intended for cosmetic use introduced at less than 1%.

 

Assessment Certificate and Permit of New Chemical Substances

According to the types of new chemical substances introduced into Australia, volume of the introduced chemicals and their uses, the notification of new chemical substances can be divided into two categories: permit and assessment certificate. Major differences are shown as following:

The following table summarizes all new chemical notification categories of certificate, providing information on the introduced chemical amount, duration of the certificate and assessment timeframe.

The following table summarizes all new chemical notification categories of Permit, providing information on the introduced chemical amount, duration of the Permit and assessment timeframe.

Annual Report

The origin of annual report is August 2004. The reporting deadline: Prior to 28 September annually.

Enterprises need to submit annual report:

a). Enterprises that fulfill the requirements for new chemicals notification exemption of the previous year, including:

  1. For research, development or analysis purposes: In case of import, not more than 100kg in a 12-month period; in case of manufacture, no limitations; or
  2. For transshipment (under customs control at a port for 30 days maximum); or
  3. For non-cosmetic exemption with no unreasonable risk and the tonnage shall be no more than 100kg in a 12-month period; or
  4. For cosmetics with no unreasonable risks and the tonnage shall be no more than 100kg in a 12-month period; or
  5. For non-hazardous new chemical intended for cosmetic use introduced at less than 1%.

 

b). Enterprises that have obtained the following Certificate/ Permit for new chemical substances:

  1. Commercial Evaluation Chemical Permit (CEC); and/ or
  2. Low Volume Chemical Permit (LVC); and/ or
  3. Controlled Use Permit (CUP); and/ or
  4. Self-assessment for Polymer of Low Concern (SAPLC)

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