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Australia Publishes FAQs on New Industrial Chemical Scheme

  •   9 Aug 2019
  •    Nora Wang
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    Takehome:

    • Australia published FAQs on its new industrial chemical scheme AICIS on July 31, 2019.
    • New charges and fees were imposed on registrations, inventory-related services, etc., since August 1, 2019.

    As Australia heads towards the implementation of the Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), businesses both within and outside the country have been expressing their doubts and concerns about the new industrial chemical management framework which is set to replace the old National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on July 1, 2020.

    To cope with mounting industry concerns, Australia published FAQs [1] on AICIS on July 31, 2019, and plans to keep updating the section with answers to the most frequently asked questions.

    The 12 questions initially unveiled on the NICNAS website are mostly related to one or several of the following aspects:

    • Continuity of current business registration and transition to the AICIS
    • Changes in registration duties of businesses importing/manufacturing certain substances
    • Risk assessment of chemicals
    • Working mechanism of AICIS and the Inventory of Chemical Substances under AICIS
    • Protection of confidential business information

    Notably, the FAQ section explained that, businesses can introduce chemicals into the country through one of the six categories of introductions, including: listed introductions, exempted introductions, reported introductions, assessed introductions, commercial evaluation authorizations and exceptional circumstances authorizations. For detailed information in this regard, pleased see the FAQ page.

    If any individual or business has a specific question about the new scheme, they can still submit the form [2] on the NICNAS website to seek clarity over their doubts.

    In addition, the NICNAS also announced new charges and fees [3] which took effect starting from August 1, 2019. They apply to various procedures, including: all registration levels; applications for new chemical assessments, certificates and permits; inventory-related services; and applications for Prior Informed Consent (Rotterdam Convention).

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