Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a complex condition presenting as a cluster of medically unexplained symptoms linked predominantly to exposure to low-level environmental chemicals.
A scientific report to government on MCS, prepared by NICNAS in cooperation with the Office of Chemical Safety, was finalised and accepted by the Department of Health and Ageing.
It identifies priority areas for further research, better understanding, diagnosis and management of the condition.
The report incorporates a review of current diagnostic and clinical management strategies for MCS prepared by specialist Australian medical practitioners. It also considers practical measures to improve the management of MCS patients.
The Office of Chemical Safety is preparing briefings on the report for stakeholder representatives at locations around Australia.
The report will be available to government to assist it in drafting and implementing policies and recommendations in relation to MCS in 2008-09.