Call for Information on DecaBDE

Section 58 Notice

The Director of NICNAS is seeking information, under section 58 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the ICNA Act), on decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). This chemical (CAS number: 1163-19-5) was declared a priority existing chemical (PEC) in June 2005. This call for information should, therefore, be read in conjunction with the published declaration notice of decaBDE in the Chemical Gazette of 2005 (Chemical Gazette June 2005 (page 11)).

NICNAS is currently undertaking human health and environmental risk assessment of decaBDE. NICNAS, under section 58 of the ICNA Act, must obtain the most up to date information on introduction and manufacture of the chemical.

Who does this notice apply to?

The notice is directed to all importers and manufacturers of decaBDE.

Information required

If you are an importer or manufacturer of decaBDE, or products and mixtures containing decaBDE, you must provide the information specified below. The specific information you must provide on the chemicals is:

  • the quantities of decaBDE which have been or will be imported (as ‘pure’ decaBDE or in products and mixtures) or manufactured by the company between1 March 2016 and 28 February 2018
  • the quantities of decaBDE which have been or will be formulated into products/mixtures by the company between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2018, and the concentration of decaBDE in these products and mixtures
  • the uses of decaBDE in products and mixtures containing decaBDE known to the company
  • contact details of the persons to whom the company has supplied or intends to supply decaBDE or products and mixtures containing decaBDE.  This is an important piece of information that enables NICNAS to contact downstream users for information necessary for the assessment.  Customer lists are kept confidential.

Any other persons who have relevant information (eg users of decaBDE) are encouraged to provide the information.

Exempt information applications

To apply for some or all of this information to be exempt from publication, use Form 3 - Application for Exempt Information. Note that ‘basic information’, as defined in section 75(2) of the ICNA Act, cannot be exempted from publication.

Application fee

An fee of $1,100 applies and must be paid when submitting your application.

Due date

If you are a manufacturer or importer of decaBDE, you must provide the information by close of business 7 March 2017.

Provide information to NICNAS by:

Emailing the IMAP team

Mailing: GPO Box 58, Sydney 2001

Non-compliance

A person to whom this notice applies must not refuse or fail to comply with the notice.  Refusing or failing to comply with the notice without a reasonable excuse is an offence under the ICNA Act.

Information collected

Information collected by NICNAS may be provided to State, Territory or Commonwealth regulatory agencies for the purposes of monitoring compliance under relevant legislation.  For ‘Exempt Information’ applications that have been granted, information will not be disclosed by NICNAS except in the circumstances set out in sections 76 and 79 of the ICNA Act. All information provided to NICNAS will be used only for the purposes for which it was provided under the ICNA Act.

Further information

If you would like further information, please send your queries to IMAP@nicnas.gov.au

Last update 29 July 2018