The review of the Existing Chemicals (EC) Program progressed well during 2005-06, with the Review Steering Committee (RSC) meeting on five occasions during the year.

The RSC was established to assist the NICNAS office in the review and is an expert group consisting of ten members, including an independent chair ( Dr Wafa El-Adhami, Deputy Director, O CS), three community representatives, three industry representatives and three government representatives.

The RSC determined that three technical working groups be formed to deal with specific aspects of the review. The three groups were identified as:

o Working Group 1: detection and identification of hazards, risks and concerns

o Working Group 2: processes to address detected/identified hazards, risks and concerns, and

o Working Group 3: development of regulatory framework to ensure best practice regulation of existing chemicals, including national implementation of NICNAS guidance and advice on safe use, elimination and risk reduction.

The technical working groups completed their work sequentially. Working Groups 1, 2 and 3 completed their meetings in 2005, with their final reports provided to the RSC at its meetings on 3 May 2005, 15 August 2005 and 24 October 2005, respectively. RSC met five times during 2005-06.

The Steering Committee sets the framework for the Review, and oversee its activities. It is able to seek additional expert advice, for example from individuals, technical working groups or consultants as needed.

The Committee will report on its findings to the Director, NICNAS, with the Final Report and Recommendations on the future of the EC Program to be presented to the Director, NICNAS in the first quarter of 2006-07.

Existing Chemicals Program Review Steering Committee Membership as at 30 June 2006 and attendance at 2005-06 meetings

Members

Representing

5 July 2005

12 August 2005

8 September

2005

24 October 2005

24 January

2006

Dr Wafa El-Adhami (Chair)

Office of Chemical Safety

P

 

P

P

P

Ms Jane Bremmer

CEF

P

P

P

P

 

Ms Renata Musolino

CEF

 

 

 

P

P

Dr Chris Winder

CEF

P

P

P

P

 

Mr Stephen Holland

Industry

P

P

P

P

P

Ms Sylvia Kidziak

Industry

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Geoff McAlpine

Industry

P

P

P

P

P

Dr Jeff Langley

Government, States and Territories

P

P

P

P

P

Mr Bob Graf

Government, NICNAS

P

P

P

 

P

Mr Graeme Barden

Government, DEH

P

P

P

 

 

Dr David McAdam

Government, DEH

 

 

 

 

P

Dr Margaret Hartley

(ex-officio)

Director, NICNAS

P

P

P

P

P