Stage 1

The Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework was developed by NICNAS to accelerate the assessment of existing chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).

In July 2012 NICNAS started assessing around 3,000 existing chemicals as part of a staged approach to the IMAP framework. The chemicals in the first group were identified as Stage 1 chemicals.

Download a list of Stage 1 chemicals [XL 258 KB]

Selecting Stage 1 chemicals

A strong message that emerged from consultation with community, industry and governmental stakeholders during the development of the IMAP framework was:

"...certain groups of chemicals (such as those chemicals for which information is already held or which have already been identified as chemicals of concern) should be considered for assessment ahead of the majority of chemicals on the AICS."

Stage 1 chemicals were identified based on characteristics agreed by stakeholders as priorities for early consideration and sources subsequently identified by NICNAS and stakeholders.

These characteristics and sources of information are provided in the table below.

Based on these broad criteria and sources identified, NICNAS collated a list of chemicals to be assessed in Stage 1.

Sources of information used to identify those chemicals of concern or regulated overseas include the:

  • Canadian Chemical Management Program
  • EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • EU REACH Regulations
  • US EPA Programs
  • OECD chemical programs.

Chemicals that have undergone a comprehensive NICNAS assessment, such as Priority Existing Chemicals, (where recommendations addressing OHS, public health and the environment have been published) were not included.

Learn about our stage 1 work on low concern polymers

Characteristics and sources of information
Chemicals for which NICNAS holds exposure data
  • Chemicals reported in the NICNAS 2006 High Volume Chemical Survey
  • Chemicals on the NICNAS Candidate list
  • Chemicals for which NICNAS holds data as a result of various other information gathering activities or technical projects.
Chemicals identified as a concern for which action has been taken overseas
  • Chemicals assessed as part of the Canadian Challenge program i
  • Chemicals assessed as part of the Canadian Petroleum Sector Stream Approach
  • Chemicals classified as Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reproductive Toxic (CMR) Chemicals
  • INCI listed chemicals listed on Annex II of the Cosmetic Regulation EC No 1223/2009 (banned)
  • INCI listed chemicals listed on Annex III and V of the Cosmetic Regulation EC No 1223/2009 (restricted)
  • Chemicals with US EPA Action Plans
  • Chemicals included in the EU REACH Substances of Very High Concern Candidate List
  • Chemicals listed in Annex VXII of EU REACH Regulation 2006
  • OECD Perfluorinated chemicals
Chemicals detected in international studies analysing chemicals present in the blood in babies' umbilical cords.
  • Chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood in a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group
  • Chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood in a study conducted for Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund UK by TNO ii .

i Additionally NICNAS liaised with Canada to identify some of the chemicals categorised as medium priority chemicals that could be progressed cooperatively.

ii Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

To gain further efficiencies in the implementation of IMAP, NICNAS included additional chemicals for assessment during Stage 1.

These were chemicals that could be rapidly assessed for either (or both) human health and environmental risks because they were included in a group of chemicals already being assessed in Stage 1. These chemicals are listed on a separate tab in the Stage 1 list [XL 258KB].

Last update 29 July 2018