A progress report on implementation of reforms to Low Regulatory Concern Chemicals 2007-08.

1 Audited self-assessment legislative framework in place

1.1 Establish process for audited self-assessment - Previously completed

1.2 Introduce permits for low hazard chemicals in low volumes - Being implemented

1.3 Audit system in place - Previously completed

1.4 Electronic tools developed - Previously completed

2 Modular assessment

2.1 Assessment by another Australian regulatory authority - Being implemented

2.1 Substances of known hazard and controlled use - Being implemented

2.1 Analogues - Being implemented

2.1 Assessment by international authority or foreign scheme - Implemented in 2007-08

2.1 Low concern polymers not accepted for self-assessment - Previously completed

2.1 Develop modular assessment fees - Being implemented

3 Exemptions legislative framework in place Record keeping and Annual Reporting formats required

3.1 Transshipment - Previously completed

3.2 Introduce exemption for low hazardous >100kg - Previously completed

3.3 Without advice non-hazardous cosmetics at 1% or less - Previously completed

3.4 Increase R&D to 100kg/12 months - Previously completed

3.5 Increase low volumes for non cosmetics to 100kg/12 months/introducer - Previously completed

4 Polymer regulation legislative framework in place

4.1 Introduce legislative framework for audited self-assessment for PLCs - Previously completed

4.2 Low hazard permit for polymers in low volume - Being implemented

4.3 Introduce audited self-assessment for low regulatory concern polymers - Being implemented

5 Cosmetic chemicals regulation legislative framework in place

5.1 Self-assessment < 10kg - Previously completed

5.2 Advice for low hazard 10 to100kg - Previously completed

5.3 Amend definition of cosmetic to TPA - Previously completed

5.4 Cosmetic-therapeutics interface - Implemented in 2007-08

6 Controlled use legislative framework in place

6.1 Introduce controlled use permits - Being implemented

6.2 Export only - Previously completed

7 Incentives for the introduction of new and safer technologies legislative framework in place

7.1 Low hazard certificate modular assessment - Being implemented

7.2 Early introduction permit for low hazard and low risk chemicals - Being implemented

7.3 Low hazard permits for low volumes - Being implemented

8 International cooperation

8.1 Bilateral with Canada (renewal) - Previously completed & Implemented in 2007-08

9 Reducing the compliance burden legislative framework in place

9.1 Administrative permit renewals - Previously completed

9.2 Immediate AICS listing - Previously completed

9.3 Guidance for definition of naturally occurring substance - Being implemented

10 Safe use through compliance legislative framework in place

10.1 Introduce mandatory registration - Previously completed

10.2 Use of mandatory registration number - Previously completed

10.3 Co-regulatory approach - Previously completed

11 Access to chemical safety information legislative framework in place

11.1 Update website including the AICS on the website - Previously completed

12 Community participation

12.1 Establish community consultative forum - Previously completed

12.2 Develop a Community Right to Know Charter - Previously completed

12.3 Develop a Community Engagement Strategy - Previously completed