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Existing Chemicals

More than 39,000 industrial chemicals are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). These are termed ‘existing chemicals’.

 

Due to the large number, NICNAS assesses existing chemicals as a priority in response to concerns about occupational health and safety, public health or environment effects. These may be assessed as single chemicals or groups of chemicals.

 

NICNAS will conduct different types of assessments depending on the circumstance. The Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) assessment is the most detailed. Recommendations on the safe use of these chemicals are made in Priority Existing Chemicals assessment reports.

NICNAS also undertakes other assessments on existing chemicals to fulfil specific data needs or if new data becomes available on a chemical that has already been assessed by NICNAS.

 

As part of the reform regarding assessment of Existing Chemicals, NICNAS is implementing a new framework known as Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) for the accelerated assessment of industrial chemicals in Australia. From July 2012, NICNAS will begin assessing around 3,000 existing chemicals identified as ‘Stage One Chemicals’ on AICS using the IMAP framework.

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