STD or LTD notification general information - Schedule Part A

Last update 17 August 2017

This part of the schedule specifies the set of information (including identification of data requirements, health and environmental effects, how the chemical meets hazardous substance definition and overseas notification of the chemical) you must submit as part of your Standard or Limited notification application.

Identification of data requirements

You must identify what data you are supplying with your application.

Contact us if you are unsure of what information to provide.

Assessment categories

When a Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) is declared for further investigation through a notice in the Chemical Gazette, data requirements are often described in terms of the schedule.

Summary of health and environmental effects

You must summarise the occupational health and safety, public health and environmental effects of the chemical in all Standard notifications and Limited notifications. You must also discuss the effects and hazards of the chemical in the context of its proposed use.

In your summary, detail the results of the tests used to determine the toxic effects of the chemical, including its ecotoxicity (that is, a summary of the most significant results of Part C of the schedule, which specifies health and environmental effects).

In tests where no adverse effects are observed, you must comment on dosage levels. You must also highlight the physical and chemical hazards of the chemical (for example, flammability and reactivity).

Your summary must also explain why any information is missing from your notification.

Summary of how the chemical meets the definition of a hazardous substance

NICNAS legislation defines a hazardous substance as a 'hazardous chemical', which is then defined under the Act's regulations as a chemical that is:

  • classified as a hazardous substance under the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances, 3rd edition, NOHSC:1008(2004)
  • included in the Hazardous Substances Information System published on the Safe Work Australia website.

From 1 January 2012 new Work Health and Safety laws commenced in a number of Australian jurisdictions, which require classification in accordance with the GHS. If only GHS information is available to the introducer, NICNAS will consider a chemical as a hazardous chemical if it satisfies the criteria for a hazard class in the GHS, except where that chemical satisfies the criteria solely for one of the following hazard classes:

a)      flammable gases, category 2

b)      acute toxicity—oral, category 5

c)       acute toxicity—dermal, category 5

d)      acute toxicity—inhalation, category 5

e)      skin corrosion/irritation, category 3

f)       serious eye damage/eye irritation, category 2B

g)      aspiration hazard, category 2

h)      hazardous to the aquatic environment, category acute 1, 2 or 3

i)        hazardous to the aquatic environment, category chronic 1, 2, 3 or 4

j)       hazardous to the ozone layer.

Note: The GHS has been adopted in the Work Health and Safety legislation of many jurisdictions, with more to follow. A 5 year transition period will apply in which classifications under the Approved Criteria will be acceptable in addition to GHS.

You must state whether the notified chemical is a hazardous substance. If it is, you must provide a health hazard classification for it, determined in accordance with the GHS or Safe Work Australia's Approved Criteria. This must include the required risk and safety phrases and the basis of the classification (the toxicological endpoints considered).

You must also provide the health hazard classification of products containing the notified chemical in your application.

For the (Material) Safety Data Sheet ((M)SDS) on the chemical, provide a statement of hazardous nature using one of these sets of words:

  • Hazardous according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia.
  • Not classified as hazardous according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia.

Details of any notification made about the chemical in a country other than Australia

You must summarise the status of the chemical in countries other than Australia, including:

  • name of each country
  • whether an assessment of the chemical was carried out in any country or, alternatively, whether the chemical is listed on one or more national inventories without being assessed
  • date of the assessment (if one was carried out)
  • whether a risk assessment report is available
  • whether you wish the notification package to be considered under the Approved Foreign Scheme or modular assessment category (see information on use of overseas assessments).


You must provide a complete listing of all publications referred to in your application statement, including:

  • references for published and unpublished studies
  • references for other information obtained from the scientific literature
  • references to standards and codes of practice
  • details of test methods used to generate data
  • references to other notification and assessment schemes
  • references for other reports on the chemical or class of chemicals.