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Nanotechnology Advisory Group


The NICNAS Nanotechnology Advisory Group (NAG) advises NICNAS's Director on strategic approaches to address the regulatory and safety impacts of industrial nanomaterials.


All members are required to sign annual declarations of Conflict of Interest as well as declaring any conflicts at each meeting. The committee chair manages any conflicts that are declared.


Meetings


Meetings of the Group are reported in NICNAS Nanotechnology Advisory Group Meetings, Statement of Outcomes.


Members


The NAG's members are drawn from industry, community, academia and NICNAS

Chair: Dr Roshini Jayewardene (NICNAS)

Secretariat: Ms Nicola Hall (NICNAS)

Industry members

Mr Leo Hyde, representing the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF)

Mr Craig Brock, representing the Australasian Consumer, Cosmetic, Hygiene and Specialty Products Industry (ACCORD)

Mr Geoff MacAlpine, representing the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA)

Community members

Ms Renata Musolino, representing workers' health, Victoria Trades Hall Council

Dr Rye Senjen, representing environmental concerns, Monash University

Dr Sam Bruschi, representing human health concerns, Laural Consulting

Academic members

Professor Brian Priestly, Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Professor Colin Raston, University of Western Australia and the Centre for Strategic Nano-Fabrication

NICNAS Representative: Dr Matthew Gredley


Terms of Reference


In light of the current state of knowledge on the health, safety and environmental impacts of nanomaterials, the NAG:

  • Considers the implications of the potential impact of nanomaterials on public health, workers and the environment;

  • Considers the implications of nanomaterials for the regulation of industrial chemicals in Australia; and

  • Advises the Director on measures that NICNAS can take to address these implications.


Modus operandi


The Nanotechnology Advisory Group is expected to:

  • Convene in face-to-face meetings twice a year with additional meetings (including teleconferences) if needed;

  • Complete out-of-session work (as needed) by the stated deadline; with NICNAS providing an estimate of time (hours) required and at least 10 working days to complete work;

  • Receive updates from NICNAS on the health, safety and environmental impacts of nanomaterials (including actions arising from Australian Government agencies, International events, and research and development) to assist with the formulation of advice;

  • Provide NICNAS with updates from members' sectors on the health, safety and environmental impacts of nanomaterials to assist with the formulation of advice;

  • Share information (documents) via GovDex;

  • Call on additional experts for technical input as required;

  • Liaise with other NICNAS advisory groups as appropriate; and

  • Operate in accordance with the principles of the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter.


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