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Information for the Public

 

This section provides links and information for members of the public and non-industry based interest groups.

 

NICNAS Matters

NICNAS matters is our newsletter published three times per year, aimed to provide up-to-date information about our activities to ensure chemical safety, both nationally and also internationally.

Click here to access the current and archive editions >>

 

Cosmetics

Many ingredients in cosmetic products are classed as industrial chemicals, even those described as naturally occurring. To make sure these products are safe for the workers handling them, the environment and for consumers to use, the Australian Government regulates the ingredients used in the manufacture and importation of cosmetics in Australia.

Click here for more information and to access our 'Guide to keeping cosmetics safe' >>

 

New Chemicals

New chemicals are assessed prior to their release based on information supplied by the importer or manufacturer. NICNAS produces an assessment report with recommendations for safe use of the chemical. We then issue a certificate or permit to the importer or manufacturer with conditions to ensure safe use of the new industrial chemical

Click here for more information >>

 

Existing Chemicals

Existing chemicals are those industrial chemicals available for use in Australia. They include all the chemicals that are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).

 

Due to their large number (over 40,000), NICNAS assesses existing chemicals on a priority basis in response to concerns about their health or environmental effects, or both.

 

Any person or organisation with a concern about the public health, occupational health and safety, or environmental effects of an industrial chemicals may nominate it for assessment as a Priority Existing Chemical.

 

Recommendations on the safe use of these chemicals are made in the reports. For more information please see assessment reports on Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs).

 

NICNAS also has a Safety Info Sheet on each PEC for use in the workplace, as well as other information sheets on various chemicals and general chemical topics including:

 

Information Sheets

Our 'Publications' section on this website provides the following information sheets:

  • General Info Sheets;

  • Safety Info Sheets;

  • Existing Chemicals Info Sheets;

  • NICNAS Alerts;

  • Australian High Volume Industrial Chemicals List; and

  • Chemicals 'banned' or severely restricted in Australia.

 

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