Date: 15th June 2012
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From the Technical Committee
NICNAS proposal for improving access to information on secondary notification conditions for assessed chemicals
Under Section 64 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, the secondary notification of a chemical that has been assessed under the Act may be required where change of any circumstances that may warrant a reassessment of its hazards and risks occurs.
The Director of NICNAS must be notified within 28 days of the introducer becoming aware of any circumstances prescribed under Section 64 of the Act. It is an offence under section 64 of the Act if the Director is not notified of the change in circumstances.
(1) If the function or use of the chemical has changed from use in cosmetic/personal products or domestic /cleaning products at concentrations exceeding 0.05%, or is likely to change significantly
(2) If the amount of chemical being introduced has increased from 2 tonnes, or is likely to increase ,significantly
(3) If the chemical has begun to be manufactured in Australia
(4) If additional information has become available to the person as to an adverse effect of the chemical on occupational health and safety, public health, or the environment
The Director will then decide whether a reassessment (i.e. a secondary notification and assessment) is required
These obligations apply even when the notified chemical is listed on AICS
More details may be found on the NICNAS web site