There’s less than a year to go before the transitional arrangements end. You can keep introducing chemicals under the following NICNAS exemptions until 31 August 2022:
- research and development – less than 100 kg
- cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk) – less than 100 kg
- non-cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk) – less than 100 kg
- cosmetic use (non-hazardous) – less than 1%
However after then, you’ll need to categorise your introductions. From our experience it may take you some time to gather the information you need – so we are recommending that you need to start the categorisation process now.
- Categorise your introduction as listed, exempted, reported or assessed – and meet any obligations associated with the introduction category – for introductions after 31 August 2022 to be authorised.
- Comply with your record-keeping obligations.
- Submit an annual declaration – when you select the introduction categories that apply to the chemicals you introduced during the registration year, choose ‘reported introductions’ for the chemicals introduced under NICNAS exemptions.
Be aware that it may take you some time to gather the information you need to categorise your introductions. Problems you may encounter are:
- You don’t know the proper name or CAS number (if assigned) for a chemical
- Your supplier will need to do parts of the categorisation process and provide you with information for your records. This may take some time for them to complete.
- Chemicals that you know have hazard characteristics in human health hazard band C or environment hazard band D.
If a chemical is categorised as assessed then after 31 August 2022, you will need to apply for an assessment certificate from AICIS before you introduce these chemicals.