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NICNAS assesses the risks of industrial chemicals to human health and the environment, and makes recommendations to other government agencies that regulate the use and disposal of chemicals.

Our recommendations may not have been incorporated into law. To understand how a particular chemical is regulated in your state or territory you will need to contact other government agencies. For more information on our regulatory partners read What we do.

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Animal testing and cosmetics

Published 15 July 2014

NICNAS does not conduct laboratory experiments to assess the risks of cosmetic ingredients. We analyse data from a range of sources, including the chemical industry plus other regulators in Australia and overseas. Learn more about how and when we use data from animal testing and other validated test methods.

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Banned or restricted chemical in Australia

Published 3 July 2013

People often assume that chemicals are either 'allowed' or 'banned' and that there are easily accessible lists of banned chemicals. In fact, the controls imposed by governments on chemicals are rather more complex and usually take into account the way in which the chemical is used.

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Chemical regulation in Australia

Published 11 August 2016

Our laws, role, responsibilities, information about other regulators.


Chemicals that alter endocrine (hormone) system functions

Published 17 April 2015

The endocrine system regulates a wide range of functions that are essential to health and survival in all animals, including reproduction. Some industrial chemicals, such as phthalates, can influence the function of the endocrine system.


Chemicals used for coal seam gas extraction in Australia

Published 18 October 2016

Which chemicals are used in CSG extraction in Australia and CSG chemicals regulation in Australia.

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Nanomaterials and nanotechnology

Published 4 August 2016

Working definition of nanomaterial, our approach to regulation of and our technical activities.

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Per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFAS)

Published 8 December 2016

Resource page on per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), which are also known as perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). This page includes links to our scientific fact sheets and other assessments.

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Safer chemicals

Published 11 August 2016

How can a chemical be considered safe when it is classified as a hazardous substance?

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Tattoo and permanent make-up inks used in Australia

Published 18 August 2016

Want to know what chemicals are used in tattoo inks? Read our FAQs and our report which identifies 89 unique chemicals used in tattoo inks in Australia. Do these chemicals pose health risks? If you are contemplating a tattoo this is a must-read.


Trends in new chemical imports and manufacturing

Published 25 February 2016

View charts showing trends in the manufacture and importation of new chemicals in Australia. These statistics are sourced from NICNAS records of chemical assessments, registration information and annual reporting by registrants.

Last update 17 August 2017