What Is A "New" Industrial Chemical?
The following are considered “new” industrial chemicals
NICNAS maintains the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS), a list of around 40,000 chemicals in use in Australia.
A "new" industrial chemical is one that is not listed on AICS. Some chemicals listed on AICS may be subject to conditions of use under section 13 of the Act. These chemicals are also defined as new industrial chemicals if their use is for other than that stated on AICS. The annotation of existing chemicals on AICS is ongoing.
First find out from the AICS if the chemical is a new industrial chemical by searching AICS (non-confidential list only).
Some chemicals that have been assessed by NICNAS may be in the confidential section of AICS. An application for confidential listing can be submitted five years after the certificate for the assessed chemical is issued, and decisions regarding confidential listing, taking into consideration the commercial interest and public health impact of confidential listing into consideration.
NICNAS can search the confidential sections of AICS for notifier(s) but they must have a bonafide intent to introduce the chemical. Please refer to appropriate forms.
The following are not considered to be “new” industrial chemicals and thus do not require notification (see Appendix 2 of the NICNAS Handbook for Notifiers for definitions of technical terms)
What to do now?
If the chemical is on AICS, then it is classed as an existing chemical. Please refer to the Existing Chemicals section of the website.
If the chemical is not on AICS, or has a use that is other than that listed on AICS, and fits the definition of a new industrial chemical, a notification may need to be submitted. If the substance is classed as a new industrial chemical, then proceed to the next section:
Introducers of new chemicals must complete NICNAS registration.
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