Discussion Paper - Review of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme: June 2012

Part 2 - Purpose of this Discussion Paper

Page last updated: 30 March 2012

The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to:

  • provide an overview of the submissions made by stakeholders and the results of the internal review (Part 3)
  • propose some possible options for reform (Parts 4 to 8)
  • seek further input from stakeholders about the specific options for reform. In particular, to hear stakeholder views on the practical operation of the proposed reforms and the likely impacts including any costs or benefits to industry or other stakeholders should the reforms be adopted.
The intention is to use the views and ideas collected through consultation on this Discussion Paper to:
  • further develop the detail of reform options which have been proposed
  • prepare a Regulatory Impact Statement.
The Discussion Paper has been structured in line with the main areas of reform identified by stakeholders, namely:
  • the regulatory framework for industrial chemicals (Part 4)
  • the assessment and management of new industrial chemicals (Part 5)
  • the assessment and management of existing industrial chemicals (Part 6)
  • post market monitoring and enforcement (Part 7)
  • reforms that are applicable to both new and existing industrial chemicals such as reforms relating to the governance of NICNAS, the treatment of confidential commercial information and treaty responsibilities (Part 8).
In relation to each area of reform, the Discussion Paper describes:
  • the current situation - given the complex nature of the current system for the regulation of industrial chemicals, some stakeholders have identified a lack of clarity about the role of NICNAS and the overall structure of the regulatory framework for chemicals. Before discussing possible reforms, it is therefore useful to summarise the existing situation
  • the problem - stakeholder submissions provided a diverse range of views regarding the problem requiring action
  • the objective sought to be achieved through reform
  • the possible options for reform, noting that a number of the options are complementary and that more than one option may be appropriate to address a particular issue.
Following the description of possible reforms in each Part, a series of questions are asked. Feedback on these questions is sought from interested stakeholders. Further information about how to make a submission is included in Part 9.