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Prescribed bodies

Definition

During an evaluation, an assessment or when we consider applications for protection of information as confidential business information, we may consult with 'prescribed bodies'. These are generally Australian standard-setting bodies and/or state and territory risk-management agencies. They are:

  • the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE)
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • the Gene Technology Regulator
  • the Health Department
  • the Home Affairs Department
  • the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • the National Transport Commission (NTC)
  • Safe Work Australia (SWA)
  • each body in a State or Territory that has responsibility for matters relating to protection of the environment
  • each body in a State or Territory that has responsibility for matters relating to public health
  • each body in a State or Territory that has responsibility for matters relating to work health and safety.

We will consult with specific bodies if we are considering recommending a change to the regulatory status of a chemical, such as

  • refusing a certificate 
  • adding conditions to a certificate
  • varying an Inventory listing
  • cancelling a certificate
  • removing a chemical from the Inventory

The specific body we will consult depends on the type of risk we base the recommended changes on. They are:

  • risks to the environment – DAWE
  • risks to human health related to consumer products – the ACCC
  • risks to human health related to drinking water – the NHMRC
  • risks to human health related to exposure via the environment – the Environment Department and the Health Department
  • risks to human health related to food – FSANZ
  • risks to human health related to the health of workers – SWA
  • risks to human health related to public health – the Health Department
  • risks to human health or the environment related to transport of an industrial chemical – the NTC
  • risks to human health or the environment where there may be national security implications – the Home Affairs Department
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