Download a list of chemicals on the inventory. AICIS has published a downloadable spreadsheet containing all the chemicals on their database. However this may not be very useful as it contains the database up until 10th February 2022 and will not be updated until later this year. AICIS says it “may not be complete, accurate and up-to-date, should not be relied on for the latest information about a chemical – you must search the online Inventory to see if your chemical is listed and what any terms of its listing are, does not include chemicals that cannot be disclosed to the public because the terms are confidentially listed on the Inventory”. Anyway, you can find it here.
No longer need your AICIS registration? If you have stopped importing industrial chemicals (includes ingredients in cosmetics) and don't wish to continue your registration there is a way to notify AICIS so you do not receive reminders when it's time to renew. Source: AICIS.
Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment certificate – update as of 4th March. Source: AICIS.
Sunscreens with SPF greater than 15+ will now be regulated. The Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard Bill) has been passed and industry has 18 months to comply with the AS/NZS 2604:2012 standard. New Zealand and Australia have the world’s highest incidence of skin cancer and melanoma. Source: NZ Parliament. The legislation is here.
Update on Therapeutic and Natural Health Products legislation. The bill will be introduced to NZ parliament by the end of 2022. NHPs won’t be regulated as therapeutic products or as foods, they will have their own regulations under the Bill. Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health and also here
Natural Health Products NZ comments on the Therapeutic and Natural Health Products legislation. The industry association is concerned that the Bill is not permitting “Therapeutic” claims, only “Health Benefit” claims. They believe that the bill should be amended to permit all the claims allowed in Canada and Australia. Source: Natural Health Products NZ.
A guide to advertising Rapid Antigen Test Kits. There is a prohibition on importing, manufacturing, supplying, selling, packing, or using a point-of-care test for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 unless the Director-General of Health has authorised the person’s activity or exempted the point-of-care test from the prohibition. This link also links to a list of permitted RAT kits. Source: NZ Advertising Standards Authority
Comparative Advertising. Comparative ads must only compare like with like, must not disparage competitors and must be factual and accurate. Source: NZ Advertising Standards Authority
A message from our friends at Natural health Products New Zealand:
NZ government recognises natural health products for symptomatic relief. Paradoxically the NZ government is recommending natural health products for symptomatic relief, whilst they've been telling the sector for years that the regulations don't permit these sorts of claims. Natural Health Products NZ has been asking them to fix this issue for decades. Are they finally realizing that consumers have a right to know this information? We hope so! Read more here: https://www.naturalhealthproducts.nz/government-recognises-natural-health-products-for-symptomatic-relief/