Industrial Chemicals, Medicines and Therapeutic Goods, Poisons, Food Additives, Contaminants, Natural Toxicants



Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) – http://www.health.gov.au/


Regulatory standard-setting bodies - food and therapeutic goods


Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) –

Handles chemicals added to food to assist in food processing or to achieve a technological purpose in the food, such as colouring or flavouring, while other chemicals may occur naturally in food or be present as a result of contamination.

Therapeutic Goods Administration - http://www.tga.gov.au/

Therapeutic goods include prescription and non-prescription medicines (including over-the-counter and complementary medicines), medical devices (including some sterilants and disinfectants) and biologicals (including blood and blood products, tissue and cellular products). Because many medicines present a risk of poisoning if improperly used, they may also be scheduled as part of the available poison control mechanisms

National Coordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods (policy body) - http://www.tga.gov.au/about/committees-ncctg.htm


Assessment body - industrial chemicals


National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) – http://www.nicnas.gov.au/

NICNAS regulates industrial chemicals – which are varied and cover substances such as dyes, solvents, adhesives, plastics, laboratory chemicals and paints, as well as chemicals used in cleaning products, cosmetics and toiletries. They are defined by exclusion: a substance is an industrial chemical if it is not an agricultural or veterinary product, medicine or medicinal product, food additive, contaminant or natural toxicant. Many industrial chemical products may present a risk of poisoning if improperly used, so they may – for example – require poisons scheduling as a control mechanism.

Ministerial councils


Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council – http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf


Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC) Poisons Scheduling - http://www.ahmac.gov.au/site/home.aspx


Standing committees


Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) – http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/


Implementation Sub-Committee (ISC) of the FRSC - http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/


Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) – http://www.ahmac.gov.au/site/home.aspx


Service providing bodies


Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS) – http://www.tga.gov.au/about/committees-acmcs.htm


Office of Health Protection – http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/


Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health – http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/


Acts and regulations


Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A03939


National Health Act 1953


Therapeutic Goods Act 1989http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/


Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991 – http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/num_reg_es/


Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991http://www.acfs.go.th/km/download/


Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Act 2007 http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2007A00098




Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) – http://www.tga.gov.au/industry/scheduling-poisons-standard.htm


Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products –http://www.tga.gov.au/industry/manuf-medicines-cgmp.htm


Cosmetics Standard 2007 – http://www.nicnas.gov.au/current_issues/cosmetics/


Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/




ANZFA Food Safety: The priority classification system for food businesses – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/scienceandeducation/


Standards Australia – http://www.standards.org.au/


International bodies/treaties


Australia/New Zealand Food Standards Treaty 1996 –


Codex Alimentarius Commission – http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp


NZ Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) – http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/


Ministry of Health (NZ) – http://www.health.govt.nz/


Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) – http://www.unitar.org/cwm/ghs


Environmental Protection Authority NZ ( includes ERMA - Environmemtal Risk Management Authority) -