1 Dr Wafa El-Adhami, Acting
Director NICNAS chaired meeting.
2 By telephone.
3 Ms Renata Musolino (representing worker health and safety
interests) was appointed
to the CEF in August 2004 replacing Ms Sue Penniciuk who
resigned her position on
27 August 2004
4 Ms Liz Hanna (representing public health) was appointed on
18th August 2004.
Teleconferences were held on 12 July 2004 and 10 March 2005,
also, to discuss NICNAS‘s
Community Engagement Charter.
Territories MOU Group –
Terms of Reference and Membership
Terms of Reference
The States and
Territories MOU group exists as a conduit for the free flow
of information and needs between the States and Territories and
on OHS, environmental and health matters relating to the use of
Each jurisdiction has a representative
nominated as a member of the
MOU. That person liaises with contacts from various departments
a role in chemical safety, such as environment, health, and
their State or Territory. This allows those regulating and
to raise issues of concern regarding chemicals with the
Government through their MOU representative and for NICNAS and
partner agencies to pass information to those involved in the
implementation of chemical regulation and policy.
The MOU was signed in 1991 with the
intention of formally recording
arrangements to facilitate the operation of the Act, under which
was established, and States and Territories legislation relating
chemicals. Under the MOU, each State and Territory is to
wherever possible implement each recommendation in an assessment
report published by the Director, NICNAS and to inform the
of any consequential action taken in respect of any
agreement also provides mechanisms in relation to facilitating
of specific sections of the Act relating to new and existing
MOU Group Membership as at 30 June 2005
and attendance at
1. Dr Jayewardene replaced Ms Sabic as the MOU
chair in January 2005.
2. Mr Ted Szafraniec attended in Mr Robbins‘ place.
3. Mr Brown replaced Mr Janssen as the ACT representative in
4. Mr David Torr attended in Dr Langley‘s place.
Existing Chemicals Program Review
Planning for NICNAS to undertake a review
of the Existing Chemicals
Program, which has been in existence for five years, commenced
2004-05. International changes to existing chemicals assessment
mooted in Europe and elsewhere delayed the start of the review,
scheduled for two years ago.
The aim is to review the current Program
with a view to its:
• Efficiency and effectiveness
• Flexibility and responsiveness to stakeholder needs, and
• Harmonisation with comparable schemes and reflecting
The review will look at how to determine
national priorities for assessment
of existing chemicals, better utilise overseas testing and
program outputs, and address the needs of the community and
regarding access to sound information on chemicals hazards and
The Steering Committee was established to
assist the NICNAS office,
and will be an expert group consisting of ten members, including
independent chair (Dr Wafa El-Adhami from the Office of Chemical
three community representatives, three industry representatives
The Steering Committee will set a framework
for the Review, and oversee
its activities. It will be able to seek additional expert
advice, for example from
individuals, technical working groups or consultants as needed.
The Committee will report to the Director,
NICNAS. Draft Final Report and
Recommendations on the future of the Existing Chemicals Program
to be presented to the Director, NICNAS by February 2006.