Reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

Implementing reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme - EDOs of Australia submission

March 2016 - Download PDF

Our submission responds to the Australian Government’s Consultation Paper 2 – Implementing reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

In our submission, we express concern that the consultation paper proposes to reduce both assessment and reporting requirements in the use of industrial chemicals. Any reduction in assessment requirements should be accompanied by improvements in notification and transparency in all phases of industrial and hazardous chemical management, and by the appropriate use of international standards. These measures would help ensure that the public is appropriately informed and that decision making can be subject to independent scrutiny.