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New national chemicals management standard

New national chemicals management standard will help reduce the environmental impact of industrial chemicals.

National reforms for use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals will help protect the environment, reduce pollution and deliver more consistent regulation, says the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

New legislation has established the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard – or IChEMS. IChEMS will drive a more streamlined approach to managing environmental risks across the Commonwealth, states and territories.

Industrial chemicals will be scheduled on the IChEMS register according to their level of concern to the environment, with risk management measures also prescribed. DAWE is working with states and territories on a plan for each jurisdiction to incorporate the IChEMS register into their laws. This will deliver more robust environmental protection and consistent, predictable regulatory arrangements across all jurisdictions.

Scheduling on the IChEMS register is expected to start in early 2022.

The landmark national standard follows extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, the public, DAWE and states and territories.

It also builds on the work being done by AICIS, with both AICIS and IChEMS using a risk-based approach to regulating industrial chemicals.

DAWE says it will continue to consult with key stakeholders as the IChEMS implementation progresses, including on cost-recovery arrangements.

Find out what IChEMS means for you and for details on how to join the IChEMS mailing list.

For enquiries and more information, contact the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

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