You need to register your business with NICNAS if you:

  • make soaps in Australia by a process involving a chemical reaction — for example saponification using lye
  • import soaps from overseas — this applies to packaged products ready for sale and soap that will be packaged locally
  • import chemical ingredients into Australia for soap making


You register your business with us, not your products or ingredients.


If you’re making soap, the way you make it determines if you need to register with NICNAS.