In Australia, industrial chemicals are regulated by the Australian Government under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act (1989) (the Act), administered by NICNAS and located within the Health and Ageing portfolio.
All new industrial chemicals must be notified to NICNAS and assessed prior to their import or manufacture in Australia. Certain new industrial chemicals are exempt from notification provided they meet certain criteria including use; volume; concentration and risk to human health or the environment. It is the responsibility of the importer and/or manufacturer of the new industrial chemical to notify NICNAS through the preparation of a notification statement. The notification statement must contain an application for an assessment certificate or permit and a technical dossier containing all the information required for the assessment.
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