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2. Existing Chemicals

An existing chemical is an industrial chemical other than a new industrial chemical. NICNAS requires importers and/or manufacturers to provide information on existing chemicals of interest.

 

The Director may place a notice in the Chemical Gazette calling for information about an existing chemical that is being considered for declaration as a priority existing chemical (PEC). The Chemical Gazette notice will include details of the person/s required to provide the information and the period in which the information is to be provided (the time frame specified must be at least 28 days).

 

Once a chemical is declared a PEC, importers and/or manufacturers must within 28 days, submit an application for assessment of the chemical with NICNAS. For the purpose of assessing a PEC, the Director may, by notice in the Chemical Gazette, require a person to provide information about the chemical. All persons specified in the Gazette notice must provide the required information to the Director within the timeframe specified.

 

Compliance Criteria

Priority Existing Chemicals:

Evidence is required that a Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) has not been introduced unless the person has applied for assessment of the declared chemical.

 

Call for information (Section 48):

Evidence is required that the person(s) specified in the Director's call for information has submitted the required information as listed in the Chemical Gazette within the specified timeframe.

 

Checklist

Is the Chemical a Priority Existing Chemical?

If you are introducing a PEC, you must submit an application to NICNAS within 28 days; or

Stop importation of the declared chemical

Are the information requirements about a chemical that has been declared/being considered for declaration as a priority existing chemical relevant to the introducer/user?

Chemical Gazette is regularly checked for Notices about chemicals; the notice specifies the persons, information requirements and timeframe

Are the information requirements about a chemical that has been declared/being declared a priority existing chemical relevant to the introducer/user?

Chemical Gazette is regularly checked for Notices about chemicals; the notice specifies the persons, information requirements and timeframe

If the Notice is relevant to the introducer, the required information is submitted within the specified timeframe

 

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