SGS Summarizes Recent Australian Ban on Several POP Chemicals

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published SafeGuardS 010.24 to provide stakeholders with an overview of Australia’s prohibition on several persistent organic pollutants (POP).

The amendment – Industrial Chemicals Environment Management (Register) Amendment (2023 Measures No. 1) Instrument 2023 – adds the following POP to Schedules 6 and 7 of the Industrial Chemicals Environment Management (Register) Instrument 2022 (IChEMS Register). Chemicals under these schedules are considered the highest environment concern and therefore have tighter controls.

Chemicals added:

Schedule 6 – likely to cause serious or irreversible harm to the environment with essential uses:
– Nona- and decaBDE

Schedule 7 – same characteristics as Schedule 6, but with no essential uses:
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (tetraBDE) and pentaBDE
Hexa-, hepta- and octaBDE
Pentachlorobenzene (PeCB)Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts, perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride (PFOS-F) and PFOS-related compounds
Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds
– Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)

These prohibitions will be implemented in phases, starting in July 2024. 

SGS publishes SafeGuardS to keep stakeholders informed about regulatory changes that may impact their business. SafeGuardS 010.24 summarizes the impact the designation of these chemicals as Schedule 6 or 7 chemicals will have on businesses. It includes a table highlighting several provisions on the presence of the substance/substance class as an unintentional trace contaminant under the amendment.

Stakeholders are advised to review SGS’s original SafeGuardS 010.24 for more details.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420
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