Australia publishes final rules for Industrial Chemicals Act

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The act is carried out in order to prioritize the chemical evaluation. Australia’s national chemical agency Nicnas has laid final general and traditional rules for Industries Chemicals Act. This act will create a new framework for the regulation of imported and manufactured chemicals. A new scheme will readily replace Nicolas.

According to this act, the nanoscale materials produced can be categorically differentiated into low risk and medium to high risk. Also, the polymers that meet the 2% rule will be exempted introduction. In this scheme, online tools will offer assistance to judge where the polymer meets the polymer of low concern criteria.

Nicnas has increased some volume thresholds to align others internationally. It has also exempted from allowance of using fragrances to flavors as they overlap. Community stakeholders urged Nicnas to address the large number of unassessed chemicals that remain on the existing inventory and to continue the assessment work started through its Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritization framework. Last year an OECD review of Australia’s environmental performance highlighted the country’s backlog of 25,000 unassessed substances. It expressed concern that there is no timetable under Imap to assess the remaining substances.