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Notice 1

ASSESSMENT AND PRIORITISATION OF EXISTING CHEMICALS ON THE AUSTRALIAN INVENTORY OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES (AICS)–STAGE ONE

NICNAS is implementing a new framework for the assessment and prioritisation of previously unassessed chemicals that are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). The Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) Framework is being implemented in stages, with a focus on a subset of chemicals on AICS meeting characteristics confirmed through stakeholder consultation. This new framework is producing information about the hazards and risks associated with the use of industrial chemicals and identifies chemicals which may require risk mitigation to ensure safe use.

In July 2012, NICNAS started assessing around 3,000 existing chemicals (Stage One chemicals) using the IMAP Framework, and has published the first, second and third tranches of assessment reports for public comment. The public comment period for the third tranche of assessments ends at close of business on 28 June 2013.

 

The fourth and final tranche of assessments for the first year of implementation (2012-2013) will be published during the week beginning 24 June 2013. Interested parties have an opportunity to comment on the draft IMAP assessment reports within six weeks of their initial publication. Comments should be provided using the IMAP public comment form, which provides guidance regarding submissions.

 

To gain further efficiencies in the implementation of IMAP, NICNAS is including additional chemicals for assessment during Stage One. These are chemicals that can be rapidly assessed for either (or both) human health and environmental risks because they are included in a group of chemicals already being assessed in Stage One. A list of these chemicals was published on the 16th of May 2013. This list has now been updated.

For further information on the IMAP Framework, please visit the NICNAS website or contact the Existing Chemicals Program at:

NICNAS
GPO Box 58
Sydney NSW 2001
Tel: 02 8577 8800
E-mail: imap@nicnas.gov.au

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