Nanomaterials that are 'new chemicals'

Since January 2011, administrative arrangements for the regulation of nano-forms of new chemicals mean that:

  • introduction of nanomaterials that are 'new chemicals' are no longer exempt from notification to NICNAS for exemption categories where human or environmental exposure can reasonably be anticipated
  • self-assessments by industry are no longer permitted
  • additional annual reporting requirements apply for nanomaterials introduced under the research and development exemption, and
  • a declaration confirming whether or not the notified substance is a nano-form (according to the NICNAS working definition) is required by all introducers of new chemicals under exemption, certificate and permit categories.

Substances that are declared to be nanomaterials under permit and certificate categories may be subject to additional data requirements. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, contingent on physico-chemical characteristics of the specific nanomaterial and identified use-scenarios.  

Further detail and guidance for industry on these requirements is provided in Guidance and requirements for notification of new chemicals that are industrial nanomaterials.

In addition, NICNAS may stipulate conditions (for permit categories) or secondary notification requirements (for certificate categories) for conventional chemicals where it can be reasonably assumed that a nano-form may be introduced in the future.

NICNAS also provides advice to industry through outreach activities; monitors notifications of nano-forms of new industrial chemicals; and undertakes compliance activities to ensure industry compliance with these administrative amendments.

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