Important Changes to AICIS Starting 24 April 2024

Numerous Updates To Categorisation, Reporting and Record-Keeping

Some important changes have been announced regarding AICIS (the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme) which come into effect 24 April 2024.

The changes cover both the general rules as well as the categorisation guidelines and are intended by the government to provide better protection for Australians and for the environment.

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Key Changes To The Rules:

  • Written undertakings will be replaced by records that will make compliance easier.
  • Greater acceptance of International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names for reporting and record keeping.
  • Changes to the categorisation criteria to benefit local soap makers, introducers of chemicals in flavour and fragrance blends and introducers of hazardous chemicals where introduction and use are controlled.
  • Strengthening criteria and/or reporting requirements for health and environmental protection, for example to prevent persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from being categorised as exempted or reported introductions.

Updates To The AICIS Categorisation Guidelines

The ‘List of chemicals with high hazards for categorisation’ (the List) is a record of chemicals that both national and international expert bodies consider the most hazardous to human health or the environment.

The Updates to the Guidelines Include:

  • refinement of the requirement to check for hazardous esters and salts of chemicals on the ‘List of chemicals with high hazards for categorisation’ (the List)
  • provision to include highly hazardous chemicals on the List based on an AICIS assessment or evaluation
  • expanded options for the demonstration of the absence of skin irritation and skin sensitisation
  • more models for in-silico predictions and an added test guideline for ready biodegradability.

A further update will be published 24 September 2024 which contains the following changes:

  • For the ‘List of chemicals with high hazards for categorisation’ (the List): add chemicals based on current sources and add the ‘European commission Endocrine Disruptor List (List I) as a source.
  • Refined requirements for introducers to show the absence of specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure and bioaccumulation potential.

For further information about how these changes might affect your products within Australia, please get in touch with our resident AICIS expert, Maria Velez.

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