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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.

Our recommendations may not have been incorporated into law. To understand how a particular chemical is regulated in your state or territory you will need to contact other government agencies. For more information on our regulatory partners read What we do.


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Animal testing and cosmetics

Published 15 July 2014

NICNAS does not conduct laboratory experiments to assess the risks of cosmetic ingredients. We analyse data from a range of sources, including the chemical industry plus other regulators in Australia and overseas. Learn more about how and when we use data from animal testing and other validated test methods.


Banned or restricted chemical in Australia

Published 3 July 2013

People often assume that chemicals are either 'allowed' or 'banned' and that there are easily accessible lists of banned chemicals. In fact, the controls imposed by governments on chemicals are rather more complex and usually take into account the way in which the chemical is used.


Chemical regulation in Australia

Published 14 February 2018

Our laws, role, responsibilities, information about other regulators.

Chemicals that alter endocrine (hormone) system functions

Published 17 April 2015

The endocrine system regulates a wide range of functions that are essential to health and survival in all animals, including reproduction. Some industrial chemicals, such as phthalates, can influence the function of the endocrine system.

Chemicals used for coal seam gas extraction in Australia

Published 14 February 2018

Which chemicals are used in CSG extraction in Australia and CSG chemicals regulation in Australia.


Data on Industrial Chemicals

Published 25 February 2016

View charts about Industrial Chemicals that NICNAS has assessed as well as trends in new chemical imports and manufacturing. These statistics are sourced from NICNAS records of chemical assessments, registration information and annual reporting by registrants.


Nanomaterials and nanotechnology

Published 14 February 2018

Working definition of nanomaterial, our approach to regulation of and our technical activities.

Non-nicotine e-cigarette liquids in Australia

Published 1 October 2019

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat e-cigarette liquids to make an emission intended for inhalation. We have completed an investigation and published a report to address the lack of public information surrounding e-cigarettes.


Per- and poly-fluorinated substances (PFAS)

Published 14 February 2018

Read about NICNAS assessments of PFAS, PFOS and PFOA; NICNAS’s role in PFAS regulation and recommendations to protect Australian human health and environment.


Safer chemicals

Published 14 February 2018

How can a chemical be considered safe when it is classified as a hazardous substance?


Tattoo and permanent make-up inks used in Australia

Published 14 February 2018

Want to know what chemicals are used in tattoo inks? Read our FAQs and our report which identifies 89 unique chemicals used in tattoo inks in Australia. Do these chemicals pose health risks? If you are contemplating a tattoo this is a must-read.


What is a naturally-occurring chemical?

Published 1 August 2016

What to consider when determining if a chemical meets the definition of a naturally-occurring chemical.

Last update 29 July 2018