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About NICNAS

Established in 1990, NICNAS:

  • Provides a national notification and assessment scheme to protect the health of the public, workers and the environment from the harmful effect of industrial chemicals; and

  • Assesses all chemicals new to Australia and assesses those chemicals already used (existing chemicals) on a priority basis, in response to concerns about their safety on health and environmental grounds.

We are committed to increasing knowledge about chemicals and chemical safety through:

  • More than 2,700 scientific assessment reports that contain safety recommendations for the handling and labelling of the chemical

  • The Chemical Gazette which we publish electronically every month; and

  • The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) which lists more than 40,000 chemicals.

The Australian Government regulates industrial chemicals under:

NICNAS is located in the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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