Last update 30 November 2016
Under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (ICNA Act), NICNAS is responsible for assessing the environmental and human health risks of chemicals for industrial use in Australia.
To conduct our risk assessments we review information and data provided by the industrial chemicals industry, as well as information from other regulatory bodies both in Australia and overseas. NICNAS does not perform laboratory testing.
Our findings are published in a range of detailed scientific reports. We also provide simplified versions of some reports for chemicals of concern to the community.
NICNAS assesses chemicals that have been newly introduced to Australia, and we are continuing to produce reports on existing chemicals that are listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).
Although NICNAS does not directly regulate the use and disposal of chemicals in Australia, our reports help other government agencies develop laws about industrial chemicals.
New chemical assessments
Read scientific assessments of chemicals including health, safety and environmental matters plus recommendations for safe use. A new industrial chemical is one that is not listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS), or is a listed chemical subject to a condition of use.
Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation
Read detailed scientific assessments about the environmental and health risks of existing chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS), created under the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework.
Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) assessments
A priority existing chemical (PEC) is an industrial chemical identified as requiring an assessment because there are reasonable grounds for believing the chemical could be a risk to health and/or the environment. Read detailed scientific assessments of over 40 chemicals on the AICS.