This glossary contains a brief description of terms relevant to an understanding of the NICNAS Annual Report 2005-06. 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 the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

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 NICNASís 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 (see below) that provides a summary of the relevant scientific information concerning the potential effects of a chemical on human health and/or the environment

Consultancy procurement of external specialist(s) to provide advice and services where NICNAS staff either do not have the expertise or have overriding obligations

Director Director of NICNAS

Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) using, conserving and enhancing the communityís 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) cooperative 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 the 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)

Nanotechnology understanding of processing, properties and applications of nanomaterials (materials or devices that on the 'nano-scale', having at least one dimension 100 nanometres or less)

New chemicals industrial chemicals (including polymers) either not listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) or those whose use is not listed for restricted chemicals on the AICS

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 work-related trauma ( CCH Occupational Health and Safety: Glossary, CCH International, 1992)

Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) part of the TGA Group of Regulators in the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing which provides policy advice to NICNAS and comprises: NICNAS policy; public health risk assessment for veterinary chemicals, pesticides and other environmental chemicals; establishment of public health controls and standards, and the secretariat for, poisons scheduling; and compliance and monitoring of narcotics and other prohibited goods under UN Treaties and the Customs Act.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation 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 (see below) 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 drug precursors

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

Science Forum occasional Australian Government supported forums chaired by NICNAS Director, providing an opportunity for exchange of information between national and international experts and staff of regulators

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 will use to achieve its stated goals and values for the three years 2002-05

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) a unit of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing responsible for the regulation of prescription medicine, medical devices, over-the-counter medicines, complementary medicines and related matters

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 (from 1 September of one year to 30 August of following year), used in assessing registration charges