NICNAS: Regulatory activities in nanomaterials
The regulation of industrial chemicals in Australia distinguishes between those listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) (i.e. chemicals with a prior history of approval and use in Australia) known as 'existing' industrial chemicals, and those not listed on the AICS, known as 'new' industrial chemicals.
In January 2011, and following extensive consultations with stakeholders (both in industry and the public more generally) from 2006 to 2010 (see below), NICNAS changed the administrative arrangements for the regulation of 'new' industrial chemicals to provide that nanoforms of these chemicals must be notified and assessed for their safety before they can be marketed. Exemption is subject to very strict criteria. The arrangements are summarised in Guidance for Notifiers Handbook: New Chemical Requirements for Notification of Industrial Nanomaterials - including a working definition of 'industrial nanomaterials' and advice on exemptions, permits, certificates, conditions and data requirements. For detailed information, see FAQ: Adjustments to NICNAS New Chemicals Processes for Industrial Nanomaterials.
Since the arrangements were introduced, NICNAS has provided technical support to industry; implemented administrative changes to capture and monitor notifications of nanoforms of new industrial chemicals; and initiated compliance activities to ensure industry uptake.
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