Glossary
  This glossary contains a brief description of terms relevant to an understanding of the NICNAS Annual Report for 2004-05. 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 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

Community Engagement
Forum

NICNAS's consultative group that identifies community concerns about the impact of industrial chemicals on the environment, public health and/or worker health and safety

Compliance case

a business entity which has one or more potential contraventions of the Act

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

the LRCC Act

Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Low Regulatory Concern Chemicals) Act 2004

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

Precursor chemicals

chemicals which are known to be used in the manufacture of illicit drugs

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

Rotterdam Convention

the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, ratified by Australia on 20 May 2004

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

Stockholm Convention

the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), ratified by Australia on 20 May 2004

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

Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3

NICNAS Registration levels, each relating to a range of total values for industrial chemicals introduced in a registration year (1 September 31 August of following year), used in assessing registration charges
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  Acronyms and abbreviations

ACC

Australian Crime Commission

ACCC

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ACCI

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ACCORD

ACCORD Australasia - previously ACSPA, the Australian Consumer and
Speciality Products Association

AGD

Attorney General's Department

AHECC

Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification

AICS

Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances

AIOH

Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists

APMF

Australian Paint Manufacturers' Federation

APVMA

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

AS

Australian Standard

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 ASCC

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)

EPHC

Environment Protection and Heritage Council

FOI

Freedom of Information

FSANZ

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

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

IPCS

International Programme on Chemical Safety

LTD

Limited notification category (NICNAS)

LVC

Low Volume Chemical (NICNAS)

MAN

Mutual Acceptance of Notification

MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheet

NAMW

Number-average molecular weight

NDPSC

National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee

NEPC

National Environment Protection Council

NEPM

National Environment Protection Measures

ASCC

National Occupational Health and Safety Commission

NOTS

Notified Toxic Substances

NZ ERMA

New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority

OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

OGTR

Office of Gene Technology Regulator

OHS

Occupational Health and Safety

PACIA

Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association

PBFR

Polybrominated Flame Retardant

PBDE

Polybrominated diphenylether

PEC

Priority Existing Chemicals

PFAS

Perfluoroalkyl sulfonate

PFOA

Perfluorooctanoic acid

PFOS

Perfluorooctane sulfonate

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

SIAR

SIDS Initial Assessment Report of the OECD

SIDS

Screening Information Data Set

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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