Following the recommendations of earlier external reviews, work continued this year on further improving the performance of NICNASs two chemical assessment areas.

Several implementation projects began that arise from the Existing Chemicals Program review. The program assesses chemicals already in use in Australia and listed in Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances that is maintained by NICNAS.

Similarly, recommendations have begun to be implemented in the New Chemicals Program, which is responsible for new chemicals introduced to Australia and not yet listed in the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances.

Implementation of the recommendations has been pursued in a wide-ranging package of reforms affecting NICNAS both internally and in its external relationships.

The reform agenda of Australia's industrial chemicals management system continues. NICNAS is contributing to the significant reform agenda in the chemicals and plastics sector that is being progressed through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Of 18 recommendations already made to COAG by the Ministerial Taskforce on Chemicals and Plastics Regulation Reform, NICNAS has carriage of four of the so called early harvest reforms.