www.nicnas.gov.au August 07

Invitation to participate in survey

NICNAS's annual service charter survey

Your views on our service are important - they affect the way we do things!  We therefore invite you to participate in the 2006-07 Service Charter Survey. Please click here to access the survey questionnaire - it should take no more than 5 minutes to complete!

Diethylene glycol

Call for information

The Director, NICNAS is seeking information under Section 48 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 on diethylene glycol (DEG) CAS No. 111-46-6 in oral cosmetic products* such as toothpaste and mouthwash, due to potential health concerns.

All persons who have imported oral cosmetic products* containing DEG during the past 12 months, formulators of oral cosmetic products* or any other persons with information on this chemical, including users, past importers or manufacturers, are encouraged to provide this information.

Details of the chemical:
Name: 2,2’-Oxybisethanol - CAS No.: 111-46-6
Other names: Diethylene glycol - Diglycol - 2,2’-Oxydiethanol - 2,2’-Dihydroxydiethyl ether - Glycol ether - Glycoethyl ether

The information sought on oral cosmetic products* containing DEG includes


Call for information

The Director, NICNAS is calling for information under section 48 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notifications and Assessment) Act 1989, on the following chemicals:

Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) -
    CAS No. 115-96-8
Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP) -
CAS No. 13674-84-5
Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) -
    CAS No. 13674-87-8
Tris (2-chloro-1-propyl) phosphate -
    CAS No. 6145-73-9

This notice is for all persons who have manufactured or imported trisphosphates

Registration fees and charges 

Registration cycle commencing 1 September 2007

New NICNAS Registration fees and charges come into effect for the registration cycle commencing 1 September 2007:

Admin charge for Registration:   $381 (previously $367)
Tier 1 Registration Charge
        (equivalent to Admin charge):   $381 (previously $367)
Tier 2 Registration Charge 
       (excluding Admin charge):   $1,141 (previously $1,099)
Tier 3 Registration Charge
       (excluding Admin charge):   $8,500 (previously $8,186)

Senator Mason visits NICNAS

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

On 26 June, Senator the Hon Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, visited the Marrickville, Sydney office of NICNAS. 

The visit provided an opportunity for Senator Mason to become further acquainted with NICNAS's work, and he attended a meeting with the NICNAS Executive Team and an afternoon tea with staff.

Senator Mason is pictured with NICNAS Director, Dr Marion Healy.

Increase in NICNAS New Chemical fees and charges

From 1 July 2007, a 3.83% increase applies to NICNAS New Chemical fees and charges. The increase was negotiated with and supported by industry through the NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee and apporved by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator the Hon Brett Mason.

All new chemicals applications submitted prior to 1 July 2007 for which fees remained outstanding at that date incur the increased fees.

All details are available on pages 5 and 6 of the July 2007 Chemical Gazette.  

NICNAS bank account details have changed

NICNAS changed banks, effective from 1 July 2007. Our new bank details are:
BankReserve Bank of Australia, London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600
BSB No092-009
Acct No11608-5
Acct NameDepartment of Health and Ageing Official Departmental NICNAS Special Account

Please note that since 1 July 2007:
u you are not able to bank/deposit (including EFT and cheques) into our Westpac account, and
u previous cheques from NICNAS made payable to you will be rejected.

If you were unable to bank an older NICNAS cheque before 1 July, please contact NICNAS on 1800 638 528, with all details to hand. You will be required to return the cheque to NICNAS and on receipt, we will prepare and post a new cheque to you. Alternatively, you may choose to have the money owed banked directly into your account.

For more information, please contact or phone (02 8577 8800) the Finance and Accounts staff.

Proposed variations to AICS records

Lead compounds in industrial surface coatings and inks

In accordance with section 13A(1) of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act) notice was given in June 2007 that the Director proposed to vary the particulars recorded in the AICS for certain lead compounds following the findings of the priority existing chemical assessment on lead compounds in industrial surface coatings and inks. Pursuant to section 13 of the Act, the manufacture and importation of the lead compounds  listed at the end of this item (name and CAS number are given) were to be restricted.

The intention was that the AICS be varied in two stages

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