Also completed were:

·         screening of two chemicals (N,N-Dimethylformamide and Xylene) from the existing chemicals candidate list

·         submissions to the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) covering two chemicals and a classification issue, and

·         assessments of new hazard data relating to three chemicals previously assessed as new chemicals.

 

Assessment activities for the year are summarised in Table 10, with comparative figures over three years. A list of all assessments completed in 2006-07 is provided in Table 11. These data are also provided in Appendix 06.

 

Table 10: Existing Chemicals assessment types, over three years

Assessment Type

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Chemicals under assessment

46

39

80

PECs declared for assessment (includes secondary notifications)

8

27

1

Screening/other assessments commenced

39

7

22

Assessment modules completed (PEC and screening/other)

80

27

66

Assessments completed (PEC and screening/other)

43

11

60

Chemicals subject to post-assessment activity

4

1

1

International hazard assessments completed

0

6

0

 

 

Table 11: Existing Chemical assessments in final consultation phase, published or otherwise completed in 2006-07

Priority Existing Chemicals

Lead compounds in industrial surface coatings and inks (15 chemicals)

Formaldehyde

Octabromodiphenyl ether

Screening Assessments

N,N-Dimethylformamide

Xylene

Other assessments

Interim public health risk assessment of certain PBDE congeners

Reviews of hazard assessments of 25 phthalates

Hazard compendium for 25 phthalates

Information sheet: Methyl methacrylate in cosmetic nail preparations

Information sheet: Nanomaterials

Alert: Perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS) and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS)

Alert: Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorocarboxylic acid (PFCA)

Alert: Diethylene glycol in toothpaste

List of chemicals used as dyes in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes in Australia

Summary of call for information on the use of nanomaterials

Position paper: Additional data requirements for introduction of new chemical substances containing a perfluorinated carbon chain

Z-44 – assessment of new hazard data on repeat-dose dermal toxicity

Basic Red 46 – hazard assessment

Castor oil, monomaleate – assessment of new hazard data on skin sensitisation potential

Submissions on two chemicals to NDPSC

Submission on the issue of ‘derivatives’ to NDPSC

 

A target of three full assessments and ten other assessments was set for 2006-07. Achieved, this target (set as a performance indicator in DoHA PBS 2004-05) would maintain an output of 50 chemicals assessed over three years. We exceeded this year’s target for full assessments by five times and other assessments by four. Outputs over five years are shown at Figure 11.

 

Figure 11: Existing Chemicals outputs over five years

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Modules completed

46

63

80

27

66

Assessments completed

16

33

43

17

60