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Australia Consults on Removal of Non-industrial Chemicals from AICS

Posted on: December 17, 2019

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM

Female scientist in a laboratory - Australia Consults on Removal of Non-industrial Chemicals from AICSAustralia National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) is seeking information on industrial uses of chemicals listed on the Australia Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).

In May 2015, Australia started an industrial chemical reform to NICNAS. After four years of development, a new Australian industrial chemicals law, the Industrial Chemicals Act (IC Act) 2019, was released with an implementation date of July 1, 2020. This law establishes a new regulatory scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), to replace NICNAS for the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia.

Under the new regulatory scheme, the current inventory (AICS) will be replaced by the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC) which shall only include industrial chemicals. The current inventory includes both industrial chemicals and the following excluded use chemicals that NICNAS intends to remove from AICS:

 – an agricultural chemical;

 – a veterinary chemical;

 – a medicine or therapeutic, or

 – a food or food additive.

NICNAS has published a list of 1,683 excluded use chemicals that will not be included in the new inventory and is conducting a consultation to solicit information on any known industrial use of the listed chemicals from the public. After receiving the information, NICNAS will publish the final list of the chemicals with excluded use on the website and remove any chemical without an industrial use from the AICS.

Information on industrial uses of the listed chemicals can be submitted through the online form on the NICAS website. Online submission are accepted until March 31, 2020.

References:

List of excluded use chemicals

https://www.nicnas.gov.au/forms/provide-information-on-industrial-uses-of-certain-chemicals-on-the-Inventory/list-of-excluded-use-chemicals

Consultation form to provide information on industrial uses of certain chemicals on the Inventory

https://www.nicnas.gov.au/forms/provide-information-on-industrial-uses-of-certain-chemicals-on-the-Inventory

Recommended Actions

Review the list of 1683 excluded use chemicals against your product line sold in Australia.

Provide comment to NICNAS prior to March 31, 2020 if necessary.

Be alert to the publication of the final list.

Keywords:

NICNAS, Australia, AICIS, AICS,AIIC, Industrial Chemicals Act


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