Implementation Stream 1: Communications

Chapter 3 recommendations: Better engagement and communication

3.1 Promote community awareness of, education about, and participation in, the Existing Chemicals Assessment Program (Existing Chemicals Program) - Progressed in 2007-08

3.2 Publish a Whos Who Guide for industrial chemicals safety assessment and management - Progressed in 2007-08

3.3 Develop a current awareness bulletin on international chemical safety information and issues relevant to the program - Completed in 2007-08

Chapter 5 recommendation: Improving efficiency

5.1 Develop, modify and publish process to filter out and redirect non-NICNAS matters and determine the level of response and/or assessment required - Not yet begun

Implementation Stream 2: Screening, Prioritisation, Assessment Products

Chapter 4 recommendations: Enhancing mechanisms to identify chemicals of concern: new screening processes

4.1 Develop an overall framework for screening of chemicals of concern - Not yet begun

4.2 Screen AICS listed chemicals for hazard and/ or risk indicators elements - Not yet begun

4.4 Develop a framework to identify the circumstances under which down-stream use information is sought as being necessary for prioritisation - Not yet begun

Chapter 5 recommendations: Improving efficiency

5.2 Develop scientifically based criteria for prioritisation of chemicals for assessment - Not yet begun

5.3 Publish the prioritisation process and decisions - Not yet begun

5.4 Streamline the secondary notification process for existing chemicals originally assessed as new chemicals - Progressed in 2007-08

Chapter 6 recommendations: Broadening assessment options

6.1 Develop new types of assessment products based on intended output and purposes Progressed in 2007-08

6.2 Develop information requirements for each new assessment type Not yet begun

Implementation Stream 3: Monitoring

Chapter 4 recommendation: Enhancing mechanisms to identify chemicals of concern: new screening processes

4.3 Examine the feasibility of a nationally co-coordinated system of surveillance monitoring and post market reporting Not yet begun

Implementation Stream 4: Consultation

Chapter 5 recommendations: Improving efficiency

5.5 Explore with States and Territories improved processes for co-ordination and cooperation including under its MOU group - Progressed in 2007-08

5.6 Explore an extension of the Bilateral Agreement with Canada to include existing chemicals - Progressed in 2007-08

5.7 Explore the development of similar arrangements with other major trading countries - Progressed in 2007-08

Implementation Stream 5: Refer to COAG Ministerial Taskforce

Chapter 5 recommendations: Improving efficiency

5.11 Refer the proposal to investigate the barriers to effective implementation of NICNAS recommendations to Ministerial Taskforce on Chemicals and Plastics [Regulation Reform] for their consideration - Progressed in 2007-08

Chapter 7 recommendation: Increasing the legislative reach: enhanced control Powers

7 Refer the range of issues related to the ban, severe restriction and/or the control of certain chemicals to Ministerial Taskforce on Chemicals and Plastics [Regulation Reform] Completed in 2007-08

Implementation Stream 6: currently improving practice

Chapter 5 recommendations: Improving efficiency

5.6 Continue to participate in chemicals management forums to ensure harmonised and streamlined regulation of industrial chemicals at the national level - Progressed in 2007-08

5.9 Increase and broaden consultation with stakeholders during the assessment process and before recommendations are finalised - Progressed in 2007-08

5.10 Recommendations are action statements that are evidence based, specific to the needs identified, achievable, and practical and be directed to the most appropriate body for implementation - Progressed in 2007-08