Assessment & Registration of Chemicals in Australia

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Imports and manufacturers of chemicals or chemical products may need to comply with registration procedures with four schemes. The scope of each is defined by legislation.

Manufacturers should also review requirements for the Chemicals Weapons Convention Office

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  INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AGRICULTURAL & VETERINARY CHEMICALS MEDICINE & MEDICINAL PRODUCTS FOOD ADDITIVES
AGENCY National Industrial Chemicals Notification & Assessment Scheme
(NICNAS) within NOHSC
National Registration Authority (NRA) for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA)
MINISTRY Employment, Workplace Relations & Small Business Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Health & Aged Care Health & Aged Care
SCOPE Assessment only, not registration based Assessment & Product Registration Assessment & Product Registration Assessment & Product
RELEVANT LEGISLATION Industrial Chemicals (Notification & Assessment) Act 1989 Agricultural & Veterinary Chemicals (Code) Act 1994 Agricultural & Veterinary Chemicals Administration Act 1994 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 Food Standards Code Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1994
ABOUT THE CHEMICALS Industrial chemicals include dyes, solvents, adhesives, plastics, laboratory chemicals, paints, cleaning products and cosmetics & toiletries. Agricultural products include those destroy, repel pests or plants. Veterinary Products are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases in animals. Therapeutic goods include prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medicines. OTCs include complementary medicines (herbals, vitamins, minerals and homeopathic preparations), and some sterilants and disinfectants. Chemicals are added to food for a number of. reasons, for instance as a processing agent, preservative or as a flavouring or colouring.
These are known as food additives.

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