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:
Enterprises under Supervision of NICNAS
NICNAS is not applicable to:
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:
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.
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:
b). Enterprises that have obtained the following Certificate/ Permit for new chemical substances: