ACC Australian Crime Commission

ACCC Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ACCI Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ACCORD ACCORD Australasia – formerly the Australian Consumer and Speciality Products Association

AGCS Advisory Group on Chemical Safety

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

APS Australian Public Service

APVMA Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

AS Australian Standard

ASCC Australian Safety and Compensation Council

AWA Australian Workplace Agreement

CAS (No) Chemical Abstracts Service (number)

CBFCA Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia

CCH Chemicals Clearing House

CDS Commonwealth Disability Strategy

CEC Commercial Evaluation Permit Category (NICNAS)

CEF Community Engagement Forum

CICAD Concise International Chemical Assessment Document

COAG Council of Australian Governments

CPLG Chemicals and Plastics Leadership Group


DEH Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage

DITR Australian Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources

DoHA Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

DPP Director of Public Prosecutions

EC Program Existing Chemicals Assessment Program (NICNAS)

EEO Equal employment opportunity

EIP Early Introduction Permit (NICNAS)

EOP (controlled use) Export Only Permit (NICNAS)

EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US)

EPHC Environment Protection and Heritage Council

ERMA Environmental Risk Management Authority ( New Zealand )

ESD Ecologically Sustainable Development

EU European Union

FOI Freedom of Information

FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand

FTE Full Time Equivalent

GHS Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of chemicals (United Nations)

HCFC-123 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane

HF Hydrofluoric acid

HPV High Production Volume (chemicals)

HSNO Hazardous Substances and New Organisms

HVICL High Volume Industrial Chemical List (NICNAS)

ICMM International Council on Mining and Metals

IGCC Industry Government Consultative Committee (NICNAS)

ILO International Labour Organisation

INC Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee

IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety

LRCC Low Regulatory Concern Chemicals (NICNAS)

LTD Limited notification category (NICNAS)

LVC Low Volume Chemical (NICNAS)

MAN Mutual Acceptance of Notification

MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

MMT Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl

MOU Group States and Territories Memorandum of Understanding Group (NICNAS)

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet

NAMW Number-Average Molecular Weight

NCTF New Chemicals Task Force (OECD)

NDPSC National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee

NEPM National Environment Protection Measures

NOHSC National Occupational Health and Safety Commission

NOTS Notified Toxic Substances

OASCC Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (includes NOHSC)

OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

OGTR Office of Gene Technology Regulator

OHS Occupational Health and Safety

PACIA Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association

PBDE Polybrominated diphenylether

PBFR Polybrominated Flame Retardant

PBS Portfolio Budget Statement

PEC Priority Existing Chemicals

PFAS Perfluoroalkyl sulfonate

PFOA Perfluorooctanoic acid

PFOS Perfluorooctane sulfonate

PIC Prior Informed Consent (refers to Rotterdam Convention)

PLC Polymer of Low Concern notification (NICNAS)

PM&C Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

POP Persistent Organic Pollutants (refers to Stockholm Convention)

RACI Royal Australian Chemical Institute

RD&A Research, development or analytical (RD&A purposes)

RIS Regulatory Impact Statement

RSC Review Steering Committee for NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program

SANHC Self Assessment for Non-Hazardous Chemical (NICNAS)

SANHP Self Assessment for Non-Hazardous Polymer (NICNAS)

SAPLC Self Assessment for Polymer of Low Concern (NICNAS)

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

SPF Sun Protection Factor

STD Standard notification category (NICNAS)

SUSDP Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons

TAG Technical Advisory Group (NICNAS)

TEL tetraethyl lead

TML tetramethyl lead

TTMRA Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement

UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

WHO World Health Organisation