B1 Existing Chemicals Program Reform Implementation Steering Group

 

The implementation of recommendations arising out of the review of the NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program progressed during the year with the development and convening of a review implementation steering group (ISG). It was established for the two years to 30 June 2009.

 

Two meetings have been held.

 

The Group provides guidance to NICNAS on strategies to implement the recommendations in the Final Report of the Existing Chemicals Program Review, including:
input into prioritisation of projects necessary to implement the recommendations in a coordinated manner
input into the various strategies necessary for implementation, including use of technical working parties and consider outputs of the technical working parties
guidance on consultation with governments, industry and the community
review progress and provide advice to support the implementation; and
provide guidance on other relevant matters at the request of NICNAS.

 

The Implementation Steering Committee is chaired by the Director of NICNAS and guided by the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter.

 

It has a representative membership consisting of Commonwealth and State government representatives, together with nominees of community groups and industry.

 

 

B2 Existing Chemicals Program Reform Stream 2

Technical Working Party

 

The Implementation Steering Group established the Stream 2 Technical Working Party.

 

It assists the steering group in developing technical options for implementing reform
recommendations concerning new assessment products and secondary notification processes, and the categorisation and screening of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances.

 

It is intended the working party will exist for one year to June 2009, during which time some 10 meetings will be held.

 

One, the inaugural, meeting was held during 2007-08.

 

Under the direction of the Implementation Steering Group, the working party will provide advice on the more technical/complex reform recommendations by:


developing a program of activities, in accordance with the detailed recommendations of the Review and guided by the NICNAS Implementation Strategy, for consideration by the Steering Group; and
reporting to it on progress.

 

The working party is chaired by NICNAS, and comprises:


one NICNAS representative
one other Australian Government representative
two industry representatives
two community representatives
one State and Territory representative, and
technical experts (as appropriate).

 

 

B3 Nanotechnology Advisory Group

 

The Nanotechnology Advisory Group was convened in March 2008 to provide advice to the Director, NICNAS, on measures that it can take to ensure the NICNAS regulatory framework can manage any risks arising from industrial nanomaterials.

 

The Advisory Group will run for two years in the first instance, meeting every six months.

 

One, the inaugural, meeting was conducted during 2007-08.

 

In light of the current state of knowledge on the health, safety and environmental impacts of nanomaterials, the Advisory Group will:


(a) consider the implications of the potential impact of nanomaterials on public health, workers and the environment;
(b) consider the implications of nanomaterials for the regulation of industrial chemicals in Australia; and
(c) advise the Director on measures that NICNAS can take to address these implications.

 

The Nanomaterials Advisory Group comprises:


three individuals representing the community
three individuals representing industry
one expert in nanoscience
one expert in toxicology, and
a NICNAS representative with expertise in nanotechnology.