Information for the Community

NICNAS recognises the important contribution civil society can make to NICNAS’s effective and efficient operation.


NICNAS’s Community Engagement Forum (CEF) developed the first five items listed below. The Charter guides NICNAS each time it engages with the community.


Members of the public and non-industry based interest groups will find links to useful NICNAS resources listed below the engagement strategy.


CEF Bulletin (e-newsletter)

Quarterly bulletin prepared by the CEF providing information about industrial chemical issues and their impact on public health, worker safety and the environment.

Community Engagement Framework

A ten-point plan for the CEF and NICNAS to work together to ensure community engagement in all NICNAS activities and programs.

Community Engagement Forum

The Community Engagement Forum was established to assist NICNAS address aspects of the community’s right to know, in relation to the control and use of industrial chemicals. It meets twice yearly. More information is provided in the Community Engagement Forum brochure.

Community Engagement Charter

The Community Engagement Charter outlines the principles and protocols to be followed by NICNAS in the conduct of its work delivering services to its stakeholders and clients and ensuring that it maximises opportunities for effective engagement about industrial chemicals.

Existing Chemicals Reveiw - National Public Engagement Strategy

The strategy outlines nine recommendations for successful public engagement, derived from the CEF's involvement in mounting the 2006 Existing Chemicals Reveiw consultation program, with NICNAS

NICNAS Matters

NICNAS matters is our newsletter published four times per year, aimed to provide up-to-date information about our activities to ensure chemical safety, both nationally and also internationally.

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Many ingredients in cosmetic products are classed as industrial chemicals, even those described as naturally occurring. To make sure these products are safe for the workers handling them, the environment and for consumers to use, the Australian Government regulates the ingredients used in the manufacture and importation of cosmetics in Australia.

Click here for more information and to access our 'Guide to keeping cosmetics safe' >>

New Chemicals

New chemicals are assessed prior to their release based on information supplied by the importer or manufacturer. NICNAS produces an assessment report with recommendations for safe use of the chemical. We then issue a certificate or permit to the importer or manufacturer with conditions to ensure safe use of the new industrial chemical

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Existing Chemicals

Existing chemicals are those industrial chemicals available for use in Australia. They include all the chemicals that are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).


Due to their large number (over 40,000), NICNAS assesses existing chemicals on a priority basis in response to concerns about their health or environmental effects, or both.


Any person or organisation with a concern about the public health, occupational health and safety, or environmental effects of an industrial chemical may nominate it for assessment as a Priority Existing Chemical.


Recommendations on the safe use of these chemicals are made in the reports. For more information please see assessment reports on Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs).


NICNAS recently conducted a review of the Existing Chemicals Assessment Program. It made a number of recommendations for improving the program, and these are being implemented.

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NICNAS also has a Safety Info Sheet on each PEC for use in the workplace, as well as other information sheets on various chemicals and general chemical topics including:

Information Sheets

Our 'Publications' section on this website provides the following information sheets:

  • General Info Sheets;

  • Safety Info Sheets;

  • Existing Chemicals Info Sheets;

  • NICNAS Alerts;

  • Australian High Volume Industrial Chemicals List; and

  • Chemicals 'banned' or severely restricted in Australia.