Glossary
  This glossary contains a brief description of terms relevant to an
understanding of the NICNAS Annual Report for 2003-04. The terms
described in the glossary do not substitute for definitions contained
in the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act).
An interpretation of terms relevant to the operation of the Industrial
Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme is given in Part 1 Section
5 of the Act.

the Act

Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act1989

Administrative
Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

body which provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government and some non-government bodies

Audit

formal review of procedures and practices in relation to obligations under the Act

Australian Government
Department of Health
and Ageing Staff Survey

provides data to help improve the Department’s performance as an
organisation while at the same time making it a better place to work

Australian High
Volume Industrial
Chemicals (HVIC) list

list of information about chemicals manufactured in and/or imported into Australia in quantities greater than or equal to 1000 tonnes

Australian Inventory
of Chemical
Substances (AICS)

list of chemical identity data maintained by NICNAS; legal device that distinguishes new from existing chemicals and lists all industrial chemicals in use in Australia between 1 January 1977 and 28 February 1990; includes new assessed chemicals since February 1990 and corrections as required)

Australian Public
Service (APS) Values

articulated in section 10(1) of the Public Service Act 1999; provide the real basis and integrating element to the Australian Public Service, its professionalism, its integrity and its impartial and responsive service to the government of the day

Business Plan for
NICNAS

document describing the performance measures and data for NICNAS and how these relate to the NICNAS Strategic Plan

Candidate List

list of chemicals selected for possible priority assessment, following a screening process, from chemicals nominated to NICNAS by industry, unions, the public and government

Chemical Gazette

government publication, published by NICNAS, under its Act, on the first Tuesday of each month, containing information regarding changes to NICNAS legislation, newly assessed chemicals and the Register of Chemical Introducers

Concise International
Chemical Assessment
Document (CICAD)

concise, informative document published under the IPCS that provides a summary of the relevant scientific information concerning the potential effects of a chemical on human health and/or the

Consultancy

procurement of external specialists to provide advice and services where NICNAS staff either do not have the expertise or have overriding obligations

Director

Director of NICNAS

Due diligence

level of judgement, care, prudence, determination and activity with which a person would reasonably be expected to perform under particular circumstances

Ecologically
sustainable
development (ESD)

using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be enhanced

Existing chemicals

industrial chemicals other than new industrial chemicals

Industrial chemical

chemical that has an industrial use (whether or not it also has other non-industrial uses)

Industry Government
Consultative
Committee (IGCC)

primary consultative body for industry and government on NICNAS matters; among other things, reviews the utilisation of resources against NICNAS objectives under terms of reference set by the Minister

International Program
on Chemical Safety
(IPCS)

co-operative venture of the World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation and United Nations Environmental Programme formed with the objective of establishing the scientific basis for the assessment of the risk to human health and the environment from exposure to chemicals and to provide technical assistance to strengthen national capacities for the sound
management of chemicals

Low regulatory
concern chemicals
(LRCC)

industrial chemicals which could qualify for reduced regulatory input on the basis of a definition of low risk or where regulatory input from elsewhere is sufficient to meet Australian requirements

Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS)

document that describes the properties and uses of a substance, ie identity, chemical and physical properties, health hazard information, precautions for use and safe handling information

Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU)

agreement between parties that details mutual obligations in relation to services and/or the exchange of information (relating to industrial chemicals)

New chemicals

agreement between parties that details mutual obligations in relation to services and/or the exchange of information (relating to industrial chemicals)

Occupational health
and safety (OHS)

general area of concern in employment which spans the physiological and psychological needs and well-being of persons engaged in occupations, work-related trauma and death, the prevention of work-related trauma and death, the protection from, or from risk of, work-related trauma and death, and the rehabilitation and retraining of persons who have suffered workrelated trauma (CCH Occupational Health and Safety: Glossary, CCH International, 1992)

Office of Chemical Safety (OCS)

general area of concern in employment which spans the physiological and psychological needs and well-being of persons engaged in occupations, work-related trauma and death, the prevention of work-related trauma and death, the protection from, or from risk of, work-related trauma and death, and the rehabilitation and retraining of persons who have suffered workrelated trauma (CCH Occupational Health and Safety: Glossary, CCH International, 1992)

Organisation for
Economic Co-
operation and
Development (OECD)

groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy; plays a prominent role in fostering good governance in the public service and in corporate activity; work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation

Outcome

in the context of the PBS, a stated goal for achievement by an organisation

Output

in the context of the PBS, a set of activities and products that contribute to the achievement of a stated goal of an organisation (outcome); subject to performance standards

Portfolio Budget
Statement (PBS)

document that details proposed allocation of resources to government outcomes by agencies within a portfolio; facilitates understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills and provides sufficient information, explanation and justification to enable parliament to understand the purpose of each outcome proposed in the Bills

Priority existing
chemical (PEC)

chemical declared by the Minister for assessment under the NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program because its manufacture, handling, storage, use or disposal gives rise or may give rise to an adverse risk to human health and/or the environment

Screening Information
Data Set (SIDS)

agreed minimal data set as determined by the OECD that allows for the establishment of the hazards of a specific industrial chemical

Service Charter for NICNAS

document that spells out the types, levels and standards of service NICNAS clients can expect from the organisation, including details of complaint resolution procedures

SIDS Initial
Assessment Report
(SIAR)

OECD Existing Chemicals Programme report of hazards of a specific industrial chemical based upon an evaluation of an OECD Screening Information Data Set

Strategic Plan for
NICNAS

document that details the strategies NICNAS uses to achieve its stated goals and values for the three years 2002-05

Therapeutic Goods
Administration (TGA)

is a unit of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing
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  Acronyms and abbreviations

ACCC

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ACCI

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ACSPA

Australian Consumer & Speciality Products Association

AHDMPC

Australian Health Disaster Management Policy Committee

AIOH

Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists

APMF

Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation

APVMA

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

ASCEPT

Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and
Toxicologists

CAS

Chemical Abstracts Service

CEC

Commercial Evaluation Category

CEF

Community Engagement Forum

CICAD

Concise International Chemical Assessment Document

COAG

Council of Australian Governments

CPLG

Chemicals and Plastics Leadership Group

CSSC

Chemicals Standards Sub-Committee of the NOHSC

DAN/D@N

Database @ NICNAS

DEH

Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage

DoHA

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

DITR

Australian Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources

DPP

Director of Public Prosecutions

EEO

Equal employment opportunity

EIP

Early Introduction Permit (NICNAS)

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency (US)

FOI

Freedom of Information

FTE

Full time equivalent

HPV

High production volume (chemicals) (NICNAS)

HSNO

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms

ICMM

International Council on Mining and Metals

ILO

International Labour Organisation

INC

Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee

ISEE

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

LLNA

(Mouse) Local Lymph Node Assay

LTD

Limited notification category (NICNAS)

MAN

Mutual Acceptance of Notification

MMT

Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl

NAMW

Number-average molecular weight

NDPSC

National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee

NEPM

National Environment Protection Measures

NOHSC

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission

NOTS

Notified Toxic Substances

NZ ERMA

New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority

OHS

Occupational Health and Safety

PACIA

Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association

PEC

Priority Existing Chemicals

PFAS

Perfluoroalkyl sulfonate

PFOA

Perfluorooctanoic acid

PFOS

Perfluorooctane sulfonate

PHOD

Professors and Heads of Department

PIC

Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure
for Certain Hazadous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade

PLC

Polymer of Low Concern notification (NICNAS)

PON

Privacy Officer Network

POPs

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

RACI

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

RD&A

Research, development or analytical (RD&A purposes)

RSC

Review Steering Committee for NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program

SCAA

Surface Coatings Association of Australia

SIAM

SIDS Initial Assessment Meeting of the OECD

SLA

Service level agreement

STD

Standard notification category (NICNAS)

SUSDP

Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons

TAG

Technical Advisory Group

TTMRA

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement

UNCED

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNEP

United Nations Environment Programme

WHO

World Health Organisation
   
   

 

 

 
 

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