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September 27, 2013

NICNAS Handbook Includes Appendix on New Chemicals That Are Industrial Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson

On September 3, 2013, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) posted an electronic copy of its Handbook for Notifiers, which provides guidance for importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals in Australia. Appendix H includes guidance and requirements for notification of new chemicals that are industrial nanomaterials, and addresses the following topics:

  • NICNAS working definition of industrial nanomaterial;
  • Exemption categories;
  • Permit categories;
  • Certificate categories;
  • Specified conditions for requesting additional data requirements;
  • Guidance on providing additional data requirements;
  • Guidance on testing health effects of nanomaterials; and
  • Guidance on testing the environmental fate and effects of nanomaterials.