Last update 20 February 2017
NICNAS is assessing the human health and environmental impacts of unassessed industrial chemicals listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).
This is being done under an innovative framework to accelerate the assessment of these chemicals called the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP).
In July 2012 NICNAS started assessing around 3,000 existing chemicals identified as Stage One Chemicals on the AICS using the IMAP framework.
Access human health and environmental assessments of existing industrial chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). Chemicals assessed under the IMAP framework are being published in several tranches
What is IMAP?
Read more about how and why IMAP was established, the staged approach to assessment, including FAQ and a list of chemicals identified for assessment.
How chemicals are assessed
The IMAP framework uses simple and transparent criteria to determine the potential exposure and risks from chemicals to human health and the environment. The framework also allows for expert judgement, such as peer review to be applied where appropriate.
IMAP Review 2016
The Australian Government decided that IMAP should be reviewed during its fourth year of operation. The review was completed in April 2016 and identified a number of opportunities to improve the prioritisation and assessment process for industrial chemicals listed on the AICS.