Media Release - NEW CRITERIA AFFECTS CONFIDENTIAL
21 Jun 1999
Under new criteria being drafted, confidential listing on the Australian
Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) now needs to consider the public
interest as well as the commercial interest.
All existing industrial chemicals that are currently, or have been, in
commercial use in Australia are listed in AICS. The inventory is divided
into an open, non-confidential section and a confidential section.
Chemicals are listed in the confidential section only if commercial
interests outweigh the public interest.
Public interest criteria have been drafted by an independent specialist
advisory panel and include factors such as the potential for adverse
effects on human health and the environment. The panel was selected for
their knowledge of chemicals and regulations issues, particularly
concerning confidentiality, commercial matters and public right to know
The Draft Guidelines for Establishing a Case for Confidential Listing of
Chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances have been
released for wide public comment and are open for discussion through a
series of public meetings.
General enquiries should be directed to NICNAS on freecall 1800 638 528
or (02) 9577 9514.
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
(NICNAS) operates under the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals
(Notification and Assessment) Act 1989.
NICNAS is a statutory scheme within the portfolio of the Minister for
Health and Ageing. Its approach to the scientific assessment of
chemicals covers toxicity, exposure and use to assess the environmental,
public health and occupational health and safety risk. For more
information see the web site
Nick Miller, NICNAS, (02) 8577 8810 or 0407 228 285