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Registration FAQs

I am importing and/or manufacturing chemicals that are exempt from new chemicals notification. Does this mean I am exempt from NICNAS Registration?

No. All importers and/or manufacturers of industrial chemicals for commercial purposes are subject to NICNAS Registration requirements. Certain industrial chemicals are excluded from NICNAS Registration such as naturally occurring, biological materials. Your NICNAS Registration obligations are not affected whether the chemicals are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances or exempt from notification and assessment under one of the exemption arrangements.

The aim of NICNAS registration is to improve industry compliance and awareness of their legal obligations when importing and/or manufacturing industrial chemicals. NICNAS has found that those businesses falling under the threshold had a mistaken belief that the legal obligations of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act) did not apply to them. The exemption from NICNAS Registration does not exempt small businesses from the regulatory requirements under the Act. By registering all those in the industry, individuals and companies will now be more aware of these obligations and avoid potential compliance action from NICNAS.

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