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New Chemical Environment Risk Management Standard

New Chemical Environment Risk Management Standard

11th Apr 16

Summary —

Manufacturers and suppliers of dental products are currently reviewing a proposed Australian Government national standard for the environmental risk management of industrial chemicals to ascertain the extent to which it will impact on the dental industry.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

The proposed National Standard will enable a nationally consistent approach to managing the risks that industrial chemicals may pose to the environment. It will operated within the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) that has the objective protecting people and the environment by assessing industrial chemicals identify any risks they may pose to the environment and human health.

The proposed National Standard aims to prioritise pollution prevention and minimise chemical risks to the environment while providing a transparent, efficient and effective approach to environmental risk management of industrial chemicals. It will enable a nationally consistent approach to managing the risks that industrial chemicals may pose to the environment. The objectives of implementing the Standard are to meet the overarching objectives of the Productivity Commission and commitment across jurisdictions and:

  Achieve better protection of the environment through improved management of the environmental risks posed by industrial chemicals.
  Provide a nationally consistent, transparent, predictable and streamlined approach to environmental risk management of industrial chemicals for governments, industry and the community.
  Categorise or classify chemicals based on their level of concern to the environment, taking into consideration environmental risks, inherent hazard characteristics and relevant socio-economic aspects.
  Provide a framework that will allow agencies to regulate industrial chemicals more efficiently and effectively.
  Implement an outcomes-based risk management approach to encourage continued innovation in environmental protection and also enable industry to keep costs related to risk management as low as possible.

The proposed National Standard will include three general categories for industrial chemicals – High, Intermediate and Low Concern. Determining the level of concern that a chemical poses to the environment involves consideration of the harm that the chemical could cause to the environment (hazards) and the probability the chemical will cause harm from its assessed use and volume of use (risk).

The draft national standard is being reviewed by the the ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee and to ensure that the views of the dental industry are reflected in ADIA's advice to the Australian Government member businesses have been invited to tender their advice concerning proposed standard.  Further information is available via the link below:


ADIA Member Consultation Page

It is understood that the proposed National Standard will have a minimal impact on the dental industry given that industrial chemicals covered by this proposed National Standard defined as any chemical that is not used in medicines (human and animal), pesticides, foods and food additives, or chemicals used for therapeutic reasons as defined under the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act (Cth) 1989. However, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is consulting with members to ascertain the impact on manufacturers and suppliers of dental products.

ADIA member businesses with an interest in this matter are encouraged to review the consultation page referenced above.

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. On matters associated with tax policy, ADIA staff that negotiate with the Australian Government at a parliamentary and departmental level receive advice and guidance from members that who serve on the ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee.

Currency of Information —

This update was issued on 11 April 2016 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations.

Disclaimer —

The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here. 

This publication is available for your use under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, with the exception of the ADIA logo, other images and where otherwise stated. 

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