Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.


NICNAS to AICIS Education Program

To help understand and comply with obligations under the new industrial chemicals laws that take effect from 1 July 2020, NICNAS has compiled a set of informational material to explain the changes. To ensure a smooth transition from NICNAS to AICIS, this educational material and guidance on how the new scheme will work is now available to all interested parties.   Source: NICNAS to AICIS


How to Prevent Zoom Bombing: 7 Simple Tips

With so many people now working remotely from their workplace, it has become common for businesspeople and clients to transfer their meetings to online via internet software such as Skype and Zoom. Trouble is, internet trolls are crashing Zoom video conferences and flooding them with inappropriate content. Here are seven easy ways to protect your meetings from Zoom bombers: Never use your personal meeting ID (generate a random one); Always use a meeting password and send it out to attendees in a separate email; Advise your attendees to use the name they have registered under as their display name; Use Zoom's waiting room feature (and if you don't recognise someone, don't let them in); Mute audio and disable video for meeting attendees; Turn off screen sharing for everyone but the meeting host/co-host; Always look professional (at least from the waist up), as you never know when you will have to start video.   Source: Brandon Vigliarolo, TechRepulic Zoom bombing tips


Failing Food Report – February 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of February. Among the usual pathogenic organisms detected in these imported foods are such organisms as Salmonella (found in various Asian spices), and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in Thai and Vietnamese fish and spice pastes), aflatoxin (found in Turkish peanuts and Thai spice paste), antibiotics (found in Thai dried fish) and others. Of particular note are the number of foods ‘failing’ due to the illegal presence of heavy metals (including lead) and added vitamins and or minerals (found in many foods).   Source: February 2020 food fails

FSANZ Notifications—

Proposal P1050 – Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: This is a summary of this proposal aiming to better inform pregnant women of the dangers of drinking alcohol.   Source: Alcohol warning statement

A1196 – Food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean GMB151: The purpose of the application is to seek approval for food derived from nematode-protected and herbicide-tolerant soybean line GMB151, genetically modified to provide resistance to nematodes and the HPPD group of herbicides.   Source: GM soybeans


Training: RFA Provides Comprehensive Training in Regulatory Affairs

Are you looking to expand your knowledge or are you new to Australian regulations related to the supply of foods, cosmetics and/or complementary medicines? Then check out the full list of courses we offer on the Robert Forbes & Associates website . There are 20 courses to choose from and any of these can be undertaken either singly or in groups, remotely via Skype. Contact our training manager Kate Durey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive the latest information on these training courses.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update:

In order to protect the integrity of our company so that we can continue to provide you with regulatory advice, our technical team members are now working remotely from our office, and we have cancelled all face to face meetings and training sessions at our office.

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Reminder: NICNAS Turns into AICIS on 1 July 2020 – Training Videos Available

Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that the regulation of the chemical ingredients used in cosmetics, has been controlled by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), and that this is to change when the new regulatory framework for industrial chemicals will be called the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) commencing on 1 July 2020. Due to the absence of face to face training while the Coronavirus pandemic rages, NICNAS has provided several short videos covering different elements of the new scheme.  These video sessions are each 25 minutes long. Copies of the slides and presentations can be read and downloaded here: NICNAS to AICIS videos


Guidance on the New Scheme, AICIS (Starts 1 July 2020)

The government body responsible for the regulation of cosmetics in Australia has been known as the National Industrial Chemicals Notification Scheme (NICNAS). This body will change to the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) on 1 July 2020. Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, NICNAS/AICIS has decided to replace the planned stakeholder information sessions with educational videos you can watch at your own pace. These educational videos will be published in the coming weeks.     Source: NICNAS / AICIS videos



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