Chemical notifiers and/or their consultants met with NICNAS staff on 23 separate occasions, taking advantage of NICNASs free consultancy service, part of our ongoing commitment to improve the quality of applications, the relationship with clients, and to optimise assessment timeframes through the lodgement of more complete notifications. NICNAS encourages notifiers to meet staff at any time during the assessment process to discuss arising issues. Many other telephone and electronic consultations were also conducted.

Six notifications have been received (one LTD application received during 2006-07) under the OECD parallel process pilot phase developed by the New Chemicals Taskforce (see Harmonisation ), with Australia acting as lead country for three of these. Three of the assessments have been completed, with reduced timeframes and fees achieved for assessments where Australia is the secondary country.

For applications for certificates received in 2006-07, assessment commenced on the day of receipt for approximately 40 per cent of non-self-assessed certificate notifications, reflecting either a complete data package or that only minor deficiencies were identified. Of the remaining applications, the clock was not activated on receipt of application and/or the clock was stopped part way through the assessment process and re-started. Flow-through times, detailed in Table 8, indicate PLC and STD notification categories to be most successful in meeting data requirements, with 44 and 47 per cent, respectively, beginning on the date of receipt.

Table 8: Clock start times all categories of assessments in 2006-07

Not started

%

Clock started on date of receipt

%

Clock started up to 28 days after date of receipt

%

Clock started between 28 and 90 days after receipt

%

Clock started more than 90 days after date of receipt

%

CEC

9

26

26

35

4

CER

38

13

38

13

0

EIP

11

45

28

15

0

EOP

14

14

71

0

0

EXT

20

20

40

20

0

LTD

16

35

15

13

22

LVC

29

21

29

0

21

LVCR

11

39

43

7

0

PLC

13

44

19

19

6

SANHC

-

-

-

-

-

SANHP

-

-

-

-

-

SAPLC

36

14

7

21

21

SN

50

-

-

-

50

STD

26

47

4

13

11

The assessment of MSDS and labels for notified chemicals and products containing the chemical remain an important part of the assessment process for all categories. This year over 300 MSDS and labels were assessed by NICNAS on behalf of the chemical industry to ensure accurate and relevant information is available to workers, consumers and the community.

During the year, three new chemicals were referred to the NDPSC for possible scheduling as an outcome of their assessments by NICNAS. Four chemicals were referred to state/territory authorities under our MOU agreement, in order to inform them of chemicals entering their jurisdictions that may be of concern.

No new chemicals assessment decisions were appealed in 2006-07.