Priority Existing Chemical assessments
A priority existing chemical (PEC) is an industrial chemical that has been identified as requiring an assessment because there are reasonable grounds for believing that manufacturing, handling, storing, using or disposing of the chemical could be a risk to health and/or the environment.
Following a chemical assessment by NICNAS, there could be changes in circumstances that would later require particular aspects of a chemical to be re-assessed. This process is called secondary notification and assessment.
Most PEC assessments are accompanied by an easy-to-understand fact sheet which summarises key recommendations for a non-scientific audience.
Chemical Gazette May 2019 notice - call for information on PentaBDE
We are currently assessing the human health and environmental risks of pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) as a Priority Existing Chemical under sections 57 and 60A of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the ICNA Act). Under section 58 of the ICNA Act, the Director of NICNAS is seeking to obtain the most up to date information on pentaBDE for the purpose of assessing the chemical. PentaBDE (CAS number: 1163-19-5) was declared a priority existing chemical (PEC) in January 2006, and this declaration remains in force.
List of PECS
The assessments are in alphabetical order by chemical or trade name. Click on a letter in the list or use the page links. A name that begins with a number can be found in 1,2,3...
Click on the chemical/trade name to download the scientific assessment.
CAS number(s): 9001-92-7, 9014-01-1, 9073-77-2, 12585-31-8
Published 1 February 1993
The chemical known as 'Savinase', a proteolytic enzyme was declared a priority existing chemical for full assessment on 2 June 1992 (PEC/2). The declaration was limited to the use of proteolytic enzymes in the detergent industry and made on the basis that there were reasonable grounds for believing that manufacture, handling, storage, use and disposal of the chemical could give rise to a risk of adverse health effects, such as asthma.
For a summary of the assessment read the Savinase fact sheet.
CAS number(s): 68920-70-7, 85535-84-8, 71011-12-6, 85536-22-7, 85681-73-8, 108171-26-2
Published 1 June 2001
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) were declared as priority existing chemicals for preliminary assessment on 7 March 2000 (PEC/16) due to the widespread uses and concern about their long term health and environmental impacts. These chemicals persist in the environment and have been shown to be bioaccumulative. SCCPs are mainly used in manufacturing of metal working fluids and a range of products such as fillers, adhesives and coating materials used in the building industry.
For a summary of the assessment read the SCCPs fact sheet.
CAS number(s): 78330-12-8
Published 1 February 2004
Anti-valve seat recession (AVSR) fuel additives were declared as priority existing chemicals for full assessment on 5 December 2000 (PEC/26). They were declared due to health and environmental concerns and increasing widespread use in automotive lead replacement petrol (LRP). This report addresses the use of sodium alkylbenzene sulfonate (SAS) as an AVSR additive.
CAS number(s): 143-33-9
Published 1 February 2010
Sodium cyanide (NaCN) was declared a priority existing chemical for full assessment on 7 May 2002 (PEC/31) in response to environmental concerns. The declaration was due to reports of mass bird poisonings as a result of consumption of cyanide, contaminated water at tailings dams, the potential release of toxic and flammable hydrogen cyanide gas when sodium cyanide comes in contact with water, the high acute toxicity to aquatic life, birds and animals, and high chronic toxicity to aquatic life. This assessment was restricted to environmental risk.
For a summary of the assessment read the Sodium cyanide fact sheet.
CAS number(s): 140-90-9
Published 1 April 1995
Sodium ethyl xanthate was declared a priority existing chemical for full assessment on 6 July 1993 (PEC/5). The declaration was due to potential adverse effects on human health or the environment from manufacture, handling, storage or use of the chemical.The chemical is widely use as a flotation agent in the mining industry.
For a summary of the assessment read the Sodium ethyl xanthate.
CAS number(s): 140-90-9
Published 1 February 2000
The focus of this secondary notification assessment (PEC/5s) is the manufacturing process for liquid sodium ethyl xanthate at Coogee Chemicals, Western Australia. The objectives were to assess health and environmental impacts from manufacture, transport and use of liquid sodium ethyl xanthate and the adequacy of current risk management measures.
Last update 7 May 2019