Confidential Listing of Chemicals in AICS

Technical Advisory Group Membership

Professor Graham A R Johnston, AM FRACI, FTSE
(re-appointed October 2002)
Professor of Pharmacology, University of Sydney

Professor Ian Rae, FRACI, FTSE
(re-appointed October 2002)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne

Ms Mariann Lloyd-Smith
(re-appointed October 2002)
Co-ordinator, National Toxics Network Canberra

Mr James Smith CEng, FIChemE, BCom (Melb)
(re-appointed October 2002)
Chemicals Advisor, Melbourne

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met five times (2 teleconferences
and three face-to-face meetings) in 2003-04. The TAG finalised 15
confidential chemical applications and discussed the stakeholder comments
to Guidelines for ‘Establishing a Case for Confidential Listing of Chemicals
on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances’ and associated
application form. Amendments were made to the Guidelines and forms.

The forms for listing and re-listing have been consolidated into one form.
Comments and endorsement from the CEF and IGCC have been sought
for the revised guidelines and form in March 2004. No comments were
received from CEF; however, IGCC indicated they wished to amend
the guidelines.

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Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

Terms of Reference

The Technical Advisory Group will:

(a) taking into account the prepared guidance material, advise the Director,
     NICNAS during consideration of commercial and public interest in
     applications for continued confidential listing in respect of AICS;

(b) assist in reviewing the prepared guidance material for industry
      and the public outlining the information needed to accompany
      applications for continued confidentiality in respect of AICS;

(c) recognising the confidential nature of the proceedings, adopt a special
     role in identifying and assessing the public interest associated with
     reviewing applications for confidential listing in AICS;

(d) as required, advise the Director, NICNAS on weighing of commercial
      interest and public interest;

(e) have no decision making powers under the Industrial Chemicals
     (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989; and

(f) be bound by prohibition of disclosure of confidentiality clauses within
    the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989.



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