Reminder of NICNAS Registration Renewal 2012-13

In the September Chemical Gazette, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) reminded all importers and manufacturers of relevant industrial chemicals for commercial purposes that they must be registered with NICNAS prior to introducing these chemicals regardless of the amount of industrial chemicals imported and / or manufactured. The NICNAS registration year runs from 1 September to 31 August annually. On 18 July 2012, NICNAS mailed Renewal Tax Invoices and an Application form for renewal of registration/ non-renewal. The renewal deadline was 31 August 2012. If you have not yet received an invoice, please advise NICNAS immediately by emailing registration@nicnas.gov.au. Registration forms are available on the NICNAS website at: www.nicnas.gov.au/Forms/Registration.asp The NICNAS registration for an introducer of relevant industrial chemicals lapsed if it was not renewed by the 31 August 2012 deadline. Applications received after this date are considered late renewal applications, and subject to a mandatory late renewal penalty. The late renewal penalty is $100 for Tier 1 and calculated as 10% of the total registration cost for Tiers 2 & 3. An introducer of industrial chemicals is not registered until ALL registration fees, including late penalty fees (where applicable) have been paid. It is an offence for a person to introduce (import and/or manufacture) relevant industrial chemicals without a NICNAS registration in force. The legislation provides for penalties up to $165 000 for a person who introduces relevant industrial chemicals without a current registration in place. If you did not renew the NICNAS registration by 31 August 2012, you are advised not to proceed with introducing relevant industrial chemicals until your NICNAS registration obligations have been fulfilled. NICNAS undertakes year-round monitoring activities, which identify industrial chemical introducers who are in breach of the legislation. Further information is available at the NICNAS website.

NICNAS Chemical Gazette, 4 September 2012 ;http://www.nicnas.gov.au/Publications/Chemical_Gazette ;