The Rotterdam Conventions objective is to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals (PIC), in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm and to contribute to their environmentally sound use, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics.
Throughout the year various Notices relating to amended regulations and industry responsibilities under the Convention were published in NICNASs Chemical Gazette .
During the year NICNAS put in place administrative and legislative measures to ensure that as a Party to the Rotterdam Convention Australia meets its obligation under the Convention. The Regulations were amended in November 2005 to control or prevent the introduction and/or export of two additional PIC-listed chemicals , tetraethyl lead (TEL) and tetramethyl lead (T ML). These amendments also enabled the introduction of controls for polybrominated biphenyls: hexabromobiphenyl, octabromobiphenyl and decabromobiphenyl.
No export applications were submitted to NICNAS for any PIC-listed chemical during 2005-06.
The border control system has proven to be effective, as NICNAS received 39 export advices from Customs during 2005-06. All advices were checked and cleared by NICNAS, as the exported goods did not contain PIC-listed chemicals.
Eight PIC-listed industrial chemicals (not including Asbestos) are included in the current monitoring program. Based on an analysis of Customs import and export data pertaining to Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification ( AHECC) codes NICNAS developed and implemented a permitting framework to monitor exports of TEL or products containing TEL.