New chemical report as at 15th April.

This lists the new chemical public reports published for three new chemicals.    Source: AICIS.


Unregistered importer fined.

The imported chemical is known to cause a range of harmful human health effects. AICIS inspectors, with the assistance of the Australian Border Force, seized and destroyed the chemical. Fines of up to AUD$13,320 can be issued for being an unregistered importer.    Source: AICIS


Chemicals that are intentionally released to the environment during use

Intentional release is any industrial use that results in the direct exposure of a chemical to the environment. It could be released directly to land, air, fresh water, marine water, biota or municipal water supplies. This covers a wide range of chemical uses and types.    Source: AICIS


Update on animal testing bans

On 1 July 2020, Australia banned animal testing on new cosmetic ingredients. This means that new ingredients used exclusively in cosmetics made or sold in Australia, can’t use information from animal testing to prove their safety from this date.    Source:


Progress on microbeads

A voluntary industry phase-out of plastic microbeads found in rinse-off personal care, cosmetic, and cleaning products, has been led by Accord Australasia (Accord) through their BeadRecede campaign, and overseen by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Consistent with the intention of protecting the marine environment, the phase-out targets rinse-off products which are reasonably capable of entering the marine environment through normal use.    Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.


AICIS compliance and enforcement

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Our approach to compliance and who we regulate

How we monitor compliance

Our powers and the enforcement measures we can take


Correction to chemical names

As of 22nd April, 31 substances have had their names on the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC) changed to align with the CAS names.    Source: AICIS

RFA Breaking News

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Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

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Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

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Changes on testing of imported foods Particularly relevant to powdered infant food formula (Cronobacter testing commenced and Salmonella testing continuing), infant follow formulas (Salmonella testing commencing) and milkfish (Chanos chanos) -antimicrobial…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices

New TGA fees now in place TGA fees rise at the beginning of the financial year i.e. the 1st July. For nonprescription medicines go here. The application fee for a…


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