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Existing Chemical FAQs

What are the requirements for labelling of an industrial chemical?

There are a number of labelling schemes in Australia that may apply to industrial chemicals. The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail sets out requirements for the labelling of dangerous goods being transported in Australia. For industrial chemicals used in the workplace, most state and territories have adopted the labelling recommendations set out in the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission's National Code of Practice for the Labelling of Workplace Substances
[ASCC: 2012(1994)].

 

If a chemical is marketed for domestic/consumer use, the label may need to comply with the recommendations set out in the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (SUSDP), issued by the National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee.

 

There is a further labelling scheme for cosmetics. Cosmetics must be labelled according to the Guidelines issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where all ingredients are listed in order of highest to lowest percentage in the product.

 

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