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Community, Industry and Government Advisory Groups

Information on NICNAS's advisory groups is detailed in NICNAS's annual reports.

 

For 2011-12 this can be found at:

Community Engagement Forum (CEF)

On 2 December 2011, the 27th meeting for the NICNAS Community Engagement Forum (CEF) was held in Sydney. Members were updated on NICNAS activities related to perfluorinated chemicals. Members provided input into the CEF Workplan 2011-12 and agreed on topics for the Community Bulletin. The next CEF meeting will be held on 30 March 2012.

 

On 19 August 2011, the 26th meeting for the NICNAS Community Engagement Forum (CEF) was held in Canberra. Preceding the meeting, members attended the Joint CEF/NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee meeting (18 August 2011) where members discussed and provided input for the preparation of the draft NICNAS Strategic Plan 2012-14. Members then met with the Hon Catherine King MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing. At CEF 26 members provided input into the CEF Workplan 2011-12 and agreed on topics for the next Community Engagement Bulletin. The next CEF meeting will be held on 2 December 2011.

 

Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC)

On 22 November 2011, the 41st meeting of the NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC) was held in Sydney. In line with the NICNAS planning cycle the IGCC 41 meeting focussed on preparing the NICNAS Strategic Plan 2012-14 and reviewing the 2011-12 Quarter 1 performance updates and financial position. The meeting was also briefed by the DoHA Chemicals and Regulatory Reform Taskforce on the Health/Finance Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership review of NICNAS. The next IGCC meeting is scheduled for 14 March 2012 in Sydney.

 

On 18 August 2011, the 40th meeting of the NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC) was held in Canberra. The meeting was preceded by a meeting with the Hon Catherine King MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and followed by a workshop with the NICNAS Community Engagement Forum on the NICNAS Strategic Plan 2012-14. The IGCC 40 meeting focussed on an evaluation of progress against the 2010-11 Business Plan, as well as on the Business Plan and Budget for 2011-12. The next IGCC meeting will be held on 22 November 2011 in Sydney.

 

On 21 March 2011, the 39th meeting of the NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC) was held in Sydney. The meeting, inline with the NICNAS planning cycle, focussed on 2011-12 priorities and budget. The committee also discussed the status of work on NICNAS reforms. The Department of Health and Ageing’s Market Research Unit presented outcomes from the NICNAS Stakeholder Survey they conducted online in August 2010. IGCC agreed to a working group to progress responses to the survey’s key findings (refer NICNAS Matters, December 2010). The next IGCC meeting will be held on 18 August 2011.

 

Nanotechnology Advisory Group (NAG)

The Nanotechnology Advisory Group (NAG) met in Sydney for its 9th meeting on 23 April 2012.

 

The major focus of the meeting was an examination of cross-cutting issues that underpin mechanisms that could be used to regulate nano-forms of existing chemicals. The meeting acknowledged the ongoing Review of NICNAS under a Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership that is examining the role and functions of NICNAS. These cross-cutting issues will apply irrespective of the regulatory mechanisms used to regulate nano-forms of existing chemicals, following the conclusion of the Review of NICNAS.

 

Members discussed the NICNAS communications strategy for nanomaterials and in particular provided comment on proposed updates to the nanotechnology sections of the NICNAS website

The meeting also noted international nanotechnology related activities particularly those in the European Union, NICNAS activities aimed at monitoring compliance with administrative amendments to the New Chemicals framework introduced in January last year and continuing education and outreach activities undertaken by NICNAS to support stakeholders in complying with these amendments.

Cosmetic Advisory Group (CAG)

CAG met in Sydney for its 9th meeting on 12 December 2012.


The main aim of the meeting was to seek views on a proposal to adopt the revised Sunscreen Standard 2012, as part of a formal public consultation that commenced on 4 December 2012. As the consultation closes on 25 January 2013, members were also encouraged to provide further comments by the due date.


This was the last meeting of the CAG, which has been in operation since 2009 to provide advice to NICNAS on the implementation of the cosmetic reforms.

 

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