Chemical information

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.