Fact sheets

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.

These fact sheets are for a general audience and contain information about the risks of certain chemicals for industrial use in Australia, including recommendations for safe use.

Please note, our recommendations are not always implemented by chemical regulators. For the most up-to-date information about how a particular chemical is regulated in your State or Territory you will need to contact other government agencies. Read What we do for details about our regulatory partners.

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N-Vinyl-2-pyrrolidone

CAS number(s): 88-20-1

N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP) is a chemical mainly used in the manufacture of ultraviolet screen printing inks and paper coatings. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone, a polymer prepared from NVP, is widely used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural preparations.


Nano Silver

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Industrial nanomaterials / nanoparticles) are defined as substances intentionally produced, manufactured or engineered to have specific properties and 1 or more dimensions typically between 1 and 100 nanometres.


Nano Titanium Dioxide

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Industrial nanomaterials / nanoparticles are substances intentionally produced, manufactured or engineered to have specific properties and 1 or more dimensions typically between 1 and 100 nanometres.


Nanomaterials - findings and calls for information

CAS number(s): N/A

Nanomaterials are materials designed at the molecular (nanometre) level to take advantage of their small size and/or novel properties which are generally not seen in their conventional bulk form.

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Last update 29 July 2018