Title

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Cosmetics) Bill 2007

Description of issue

 

The amendments represent an extension of the existing approach by enabling the Minister to make standards for cosmetic products as a whole, that are imported into, or manufactured in, Australia.  The second objective of the Bill is the making of minor technical amendments to improve clarity and consistency within the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act). The Bill presents amendments that deliver on the Government’s commitment to reforming the regulation of cosmetics, providing more effective and streamlined regulation while also ensuring the continued safeguarding of health, safety and the environment. Will be made available at www.nicnas.gov.au  A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared.

Consultation opportunities

Both NICNAS and the TGA consulted widely with a broad range of stakeholders including the cosmetics industry and its industry bodies, government and non-government organisations, and worker and community representatives.

Expected timetable

Passed by Parliament 9 August 2007; to commence 28 days after Royal Assent

Contact details

Roshini Jayewardene, Regulatory Strategy & Reform, NICNAS

Email: roshini.jayewardene@nicnas.gov.au

 

Title

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2008

Description of issue

 

Amendments to reflect any agreed outcomes of the Review of the NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program. Recommendations that are likely to result in adjustments to regulation may include the identification of downstream use information, streamlining the secondary notification process, the development of new assessment products, a scoping study on monitoring of adverse effects and possible powers to ban, restrict or control certain chemicals. A RIS will form part of the process.

Consultation opportunities

The implementation of the recommendations will be guided by an Implementation Steering Group comprising government, industry and community representatives. Consultation with stakeholders will occur in accordance with the protocols and principles in the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter, with consultation scheduled for 2007-08.

Expected timetable

It is intended that consultations will occur in stages over the next several years, with a specific timetable yet to be determined.

Contact details

Bob Graf, Reform, NICNAS

E-mail: bob.graf@nicnas.gov.au

 

Title

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007

Description of issue

 

Amendments to reflect any agreed outcomes of the Review of the NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program. A RIS will form part of the process.

Consultation opportunities

The implementation of the recommendations will be guided by an Implementation Steering Group comprising government, industry and community representatives. Consultation with stakeholders will occur in accordance with the protocols and principles in the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter, with consultation scheduled for 2007-08.

Expected timetable

It is intended that consultations will occur in stages over the next several years, with a specific timetable yet to be determined.

Contact details

Bob Graf, Reform, NICNAS

E-mail: bob.graf@nicnas.gov.au

 

Title

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007

Description of issue

 

A number of regulations are required for implementing outstanding LRCC reforms. No specific Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for regulations is required as it is covered in the RIS prepared for the LRCC amendment to the Act.

Consultation opportunities

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter, established consultative mechanisms will be used including the NICNAS IGCC and the CEF. In addition, public consultation on the proposed changes occurred in October 2006.

Expected timetable

December 2007

Contact details

Bob Graf, Reform, NICNAS

E-mail: bob.graf@nicnas.gov.au

 

Title

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2008

Description of issue

The Regulations will increase New Chemical assessment fees and charges and registration fees for NICNAS for 2008-09.  The exact percentage increase is yet to be determined. Office of Best Practice Regulation will be consulted on the need for a RIS.

Consultation opportunities

Established consultative mechanisms will be used including the NICNAS IGCC.

Expected timetable

Expected to be 1 July 2008 for New Chemical assessment fees and charges and 1 September 2008 for registration fees.

Contact details

Roshini Jayewardene, Regulatory Strategy & Reform, NICNAS

E-mail: roshini.jayewardene@nicnas.gov.au

 

Title

Cosmetic Standard 2007

Description of issue

 

To enable the Minister, by legislative Instrument, to determine standards for cosmetics imported into or manufactured in Australia, having regard to Australia’s international obligations. A RIS was prepared for the amendments to the Act that provided for establishment of a Cosmetic Standard.

Consultation opportunities

No separate consultation required. 

Expected timetable

28 days from Royal Assent for the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment (Cosmetics) Act 2007.

Contact details

Roshini Jayewardene, Regulatory Strategy & Reform, NICNAS

E-mail: roshini.jayewardene@nicnas.gov.au