A Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement was made between Australia and New Zealand in 2004-05 to mutually recognise or harmonise specific elements of each others assessments of industrial chemicals.

Under the arrangement, a chemicals cooperation program has been established. It includes notification and assessment, poisons scheduling, materials safety data sheets and labelling relating to workplace hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

In 2004, Australia and New Zealand committed to a fi ve -year work plan in an attempt to resolve the special exemption under the Arrangement for industrial chemicals.

NICNAS is progressing work items under this work plan and will report on progress in 2008-09.

Several of these work items will apply under the terms of a memorandum of understanding between NICNAS and New Zealands Environmental Risk Management Authority.