Making a secondary notification to NICNAS
Last update 17 August 2017
When to notify NICNAS
You must notify NICNAS when you become aware of a significant change in circumstances relating to an assessed new or existing chemical.
You are responsible for informing us of any significant changes from those outlined in the original assessment report of the chemical. You must do so within 28 days of becoming aware of such a change.
These obligations apply regardless of the AICS status of a chemical. Even after a chemical is listed on the AICS, you must still advise the NICNAS Director of significant changes.
Relevant changes requiring a secondary notification are those that may increase occupational health and safety, public health or environmental risks, including but not limited to:
- A significant new use of the chemical which may:
- increase the potential for human exposure (for example, increased concentrations in consumer products)
- increase environmental exposure
- change the type of exposure (for example, from dermal exposure to inhalation or a chemical initially used as a catalyst in a chemical reaction may later be used as a metal cleaning agent).
- A significant increase in the quantity of chemical imported or manufactured (for example, a tonnage increase from 1 to 10 tonnes/year or from 50 to 500 tonnes/year). Apart from potentially increased exposure, a significant increase in quantity may lead to a change in the type of exposure (for example, the method of disposing large quantities may be different from the method of disposing small quantities).
- Production in Australia may have begun for a chemical initially assessed as an imported chemical.
- A change from less than 1 tonne to more than 1 tonne for a chemical originally notified as a LTD (<1 tonne).
- A polymer originally notified as a PLC that no longer meets the PLC criteria.
- A change in manufacturing method, which may lead to increased risk by:
- changing from a closed process to an open system
- using different raw materials
- using different processing conditions
- increasing the number of workers required to deal with the chemical
- changing the type of exposure
- changing the method of waste disposal
- increasing the environmental exposure.
- New information on the chemical's potential hazardous properties that have been identified since initial assessment (for example, it may become known that the chemical is carcinogenic).
If in doubt on whether a secondary notification is required, contact NICNAS for advice.
Determination process and calling for secondary notification
We will assess the information you provide on a significant change and any other information of which NICNAS becomes aware, to determine if reassessment and a secondary notification is required.
If the NICNAS Director decides secondary notification is required, a notice will be placed in the Chemical Gazette, addressed to a specific notifier (usually selected importers and manufacturers) or to everyone who imports or manufactures the chemical.
The Director may also contact persons who may have information that can help with the secondary assessment. In these cases, the Director will give notice in the Chemical Gazette to other selected importers and manufacturers of the chemical, asking them to submit information on the changed circumstances that prompted the Secondary Notification.
By taking into account the change in circumstances and the impact they will have on occupational health and safety, public health and the environment, the notice will specify the data items in the schedule where information must be provided. For example, a significant new use of the chemical may lead to a revised occupational health and safety assessment or additional toxicity data being required.
Applying for secondary notification
- include all available information specified in the Chemical Gazette notice
- provide all documents supporting the secondary notification in English.
Existing chemicals (chemical on AICS)
You can request certain content confidential (meaning it will not be published), as long as you justify your request.