Australia: New Chemicals Law in the Home Stretch

geography-875350_1280Australia is in the process of overhauling its chemicals law. A final draft is in the hands of the responsible agency, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which is to submit the draft to parliament on November 4. The law is to be approved in April 2017. The overhaul means that Australia will use a risk-based approach in the future. Plans call for dividing substances into three classes:

  • Class 1: Substances with a very low risk. Import is allowed without significant registration and reporting.
  • Class 2: Substances with a low risk. Notification, self-evaluation, and annual reporting are required.
  • Class 3: Substances with medium and high risk: Permitted after a mandatory and comprehensive risk assessment.

This approach would simplify the import of chemicals with a low risk into the Australian market. It would free companies from a financial burden and reduce the effort the government agencies must expend.
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