Well it is has now been nearly two months since NICNAS transitioned to AICIS. We’ve lost the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme and gained the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme. There is a lot for everyone to grasp over the next two years – this is a transition period during which time importers and manufacturers can continue to rely on the old NICNAS provisions whilst also learning the new scheme and transitioning their ingredients across to AICIS.

AICIS Categorisation will become an activity that many chemical importers and manufacturers will need to become familiar with. We’ve been busy categorising our client’s ingredients into one of the six introduction categories: Listed, Exempted, Reported, Assessed, Commercial Evaluation, and Exceptional Circumstances.

Many ingredients will fall into the ‘Listed’ category – this includes any ingredient which is listed on the “Industrial Chemicals Inventory’ and where your introduction is in compliance with any conditions of use. For most purposes only the first three of the six categories will apply: Listed, Exempted, and Reported.

For non-inventory ingredients AICIS Categorisation will typically involve deciding whether the introduction is Exempted or Reported. There are pros and cons with both as there are different processes involved, different information and record keeping requirements, and possibly the risk of accidental compliance breaches if you categorise inappropriately.

We thought you might find this table useful to help you understand when the exempted category applies and when the reported category applies. This is only the first step – the next steps are to follow through with deciding whether your ingredient qualifies, the required record keeping requirements and also then creating the Pre-Introduction Reports for any ingredients that need to be Reported. We are that early into the process that there is no published method yet for declaring your exempted introductions to the regulator – stay tuned!

Need help with the new scheme? Whilst there is still plenty of time to transition to the new scheme there will also be a lot to familiarise yourself with! Please feel free to contact our office for a confidential no-obligation discussion.

NICNAS Reforms – AICIS education workshops – new Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane dates announced

NICNAS have now confirmed the dates for additional workshops to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The first sessions were fully booked, so if you are interested in attending be sure to register on the NICNAS website to secure your place.


The workshops are intended to help stakeholders understand and comply with the new scheme — the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) — which starts on 1 July 2020. The workshops will cover an overview of a range of topics in 30-minute presentations, including:

  • Transitioning from NICNAS to AICIS
  • Categorising chemical introductions
  • Assessed introductions
  • Evaluations
  • Searching the Inventory and understanding listings
  • Confidentiality of information
  • Reporting and record keeping
  • Compliance monitoring and enforcement
  • Use of animal test data


The information at the workshops is designed to complement the guidance, tools and videos available on the NICNAS website.


Sydney workshop

Date: Monday 30 March 2020

Time: 9 am — 4.40 pm (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)

Location: Centennial Plaza Tower B — Level 9, 280 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010

Cost: Free


Melbourne workshop

Date: Friday 8 May 2020

Time: 9 am — 4.40 pm (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)

Location: Cliftons, Level 1/400 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: Free


Brisbane workshop

Date: Friday 1 May 2020

Time: 9am — 4.40pm (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)

Location: Cliftons — Level 3, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane City

Cost: Free