NICNAS examines data from a variety of sources to determine whether or not a company or individual is compliant with the legislation. These desktop investigations are used to initiate the audit and inspection process that may result in a case. NICNAS also generates cases from either a self-reported breach or a third party allegation. Instances of non-compliance become compliance cases that are investigated to determine if a breach has occurred.


This financial year there were 63 cases reported to or detected by NICNAS with 37 finalised and 26 remaining under investigation. Of the finalised cases:

          fourteen were third party allegations, 11 self reported, eight internally generated, one audit and three not categorised, and

          eighteen related to new chemicals, 15 related to registration, three to permit compliance and one to existing chemicals.


Of the 26 cases under investigation, 21 relate to new chemicals, one to permit compliance and four to registration.


Twenty-four compliance cases carried over from the previous year were completed; 16 related to new chemicals, six to permit compliance and two to registration.