If you didn't already know ...

The 2019 Industrial Chemicals Act puts the onus directly on the introducer to declare how risky a chemical is.

The General Rules and AICIS Guidelines spell out in detail how to categorise that risk. They also specify studies and information required to support your declaration.

Chemintro does all this for you.

It sometimes takes expertise and judgement to interpret chemistry in the context of regulatory data entry.

If you are not chemically comfortable, contact us for referrals to consultants.


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For each chemical you need the following information (typically found in each SDS/TDS) and also volume projections for import/manufacture Top     

  • Chemical public name
  • Physical state
  • CAS number (or IUPAC/INCI name if no CAS number is assigned)
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  • Assigned SDS hazards
  • Chemical characteristics (of interest to AICIS)
  • Proportion of chemical in product or raw material
  • Uses for products containing the chemical
  • Maximum concentration at end use
  • Maximum annual volumes

For a polymer, additionally ...

  • Number average molecular weight (Mn)
  • Weight average molecular weight (Mw)
  • Percentage of molecules < 1000 g/mol (Mn)
  • Percentage of molecules < 500 g/mol (Mn)
  • Functional Groups in the polymer
  • Cationic density
  • Aqueous solubility
  • Stability in the environment

Much of the polymer detail would be available with a Gel Permeation Chromatograph (GPC) report.Top     


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In addition to chemical properties, volumes and uses, AICIS may wish to see study reports supporting the chemical category you declare.

At the same time as calculating the category, Chemintro also identifies which studies may be requested.

For different AICIS assessments, Chemintro provides corresponding checklists, one for 'Required' documents and another for 'If available' documents. The built-in Notes and Useful links features together constitute a simple but effective document management system for each chemical. Top     


Overseas suppliers sometimes guard their information closely instead of tabling it.

The law, however, requires AICIS to interrupt your supply/distribution chain if you don't provide requested information within the time allowed.

Contact us to discuss the multiple ways Chemintro can resolve this including a Memorandum of Understanding generated for your chemical which explains the specific situation and potential consequences. Top