Australia has added risk assessments carried out under the EU's biocidal products Regulation to the list of international standards it will accept for chemical approvals.
The addition is included in an August update of the draft general rules of the country's Industrial Chemicals Act.
A Nicnas spokesperson told Chemical Watch that the BPR risk assessments had been included because they "meet the criteria" for the adoption of international rules accepted by Australia's regulators under the country's 'health portfolio' – those regulations connected with health.
Australia set out rules for accepting assessments from international regulators, under its 2014 Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. For regulations from the health portfolio, these criteria include:
- assessments that introduce no increased risks and can reduce regulatory burden;
- assessments that fit with existing Australian regulations;
- that the regulatory body is a credible and trusted source; and
- that the overseas regulator has similar policy goals.
The Nicnas spokesperson said that being an accepted rule in another country did not guarantee a particular risk assessment would be accepted.
There are additional criteria that must be met under the draft General Rules, she added. The requirements in section 6(2) of these include, for example, that "the risks to the environment from the introduction or use of the industrial chemical are no higher in Australia than in the overseas jurisdiction".
The spokesperson also said the final form of the general rules is still in progress and the date for their adoption will be "decided in due course".
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