Australia's industrial chemicals bill becomes law

chemicalwatch | April 04, 2019

Australia’s Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 has received royal assent and become law.The Industrial Chemicals Act creates a new framework for the regulation of imported or manufactured industrial chemicals. The new scheme – Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) – will replace the current Nicnas on 1 July 2020.The bill was divided into six parts. The first three passed both houses on 18 February and received royal assent on 12 March.The remaining three parts, which relate to fees and charges under the new scheme, passed both houses with minor changes on 2 April and received royal assent on 3 April.The new scheme will come into force next year but, as planned, there will be some early changes.

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The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations beginning in 1992 and as of 2015 is not yet fully implemented in many countries.

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The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations beginning in 1992 and as of 2015 is not yet fully implemented in many countries.

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