Seventeen chemicals commonly used in skin patch testing for
dermatitis, but unclassified as to their hazard in Australia,
by NICNAS against NOHSC criterion for sensitisation.
were made to NOHSC to classify eight of the 17 chemicals as
NICNAS also presented five public health evaluation reports to
and 41st meetings of the NDPSC, regarding the proposed
chemicals under the SUSDP. The reports covered a range of issues
to hazard and risk associated with specific applications of the
The evaluations were discussed by the Committee and all the
NICNAS contributed technical
expertise to the Australian Government's
National Dioxins Program, a four-year activity set up to assess
the release of dioxins and dioxin-like substances in Australia.
assessed total atmospheric dioxin levels and provided an overall
of inhalation exposure to dioxins for different population
The NICNAS assessment was incorporated into a human health
assessment of dioxins in Australia, published as Technical
Report No. 12
by the National Dioxins Program in May 2004.
NICNAS has also contributed technical expertise to the
Environmental Protection Councilís development of an Air Toxics
Environmental Protection Measure. NICNAS is a member of the
Chemicals Standing Sub-committee and has also contributed to
groups of this Committee.