Archived: Canada-Australia cooperation on industrial chemicals: 2015
Chemicals and Wastes
TYPE OF AGREEMENT / INSTRUMENT:
Signed by Canada on September 16, 2011
LEAD & PARTNER DEPARTMENTS:
Lead: Health Canada
Partner: Environment Canada
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
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The objective of this arrangement is to:
- achieve efficiencies of resources in new and existing industrial chemical reviews;
- to gain increased knowledge of each other’s risk assessment and management approaches and practices;
- to facilitate exchange of operational experience to strengthen regulatory capacities on mutual interest matters; and
- to lead to greater harmonisation where appropriate with the aim of protecting human health and the environment.
This arrangement includes provisions for:
- exchanging of information on new chemicals;
- working cooperatively through joint projects of mutual interest;
- sharing of assessment and management related expertise; and
- adopting, when desirable and where possible, consistent practices and regulatory approaches.
This arrangement is of benefit to both industry and governments:
- Governments - reduced duplication of activities including assessments, research, and the development of risk management mechanisms;
- Industry - shorter product to market times and greater comparability between regulatory schemes in both economies.
This arrangement is important to Canada because it:
- Advances delivery of domestic mandate through work sharing leading to increased efficiencies, reduced resources and avoiding duplication;
- Supports global action on issues and substances of global concern;
- Shares the science base leading to reduced barriers to trade.
The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) provides general authority for action.
Results / Progress
Implementation of this arrangement will be achieved through a cooperative work program (outlined in a work plan) and adopted on an annual basis. The work program addresses six specific areas of cooperation as outlined below:
- New Chemicals issues;
- Risk assessment methodologies;
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management issues, persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals;
- High-level Program information/knowledge Exchange;
- Predictive toxicology;
Australian legislation has recognized Canada as a “Competent Authority” which allows sharing of Canadian new substances assessments with Australia (NICNAS). The company notifying in Australia realizes significant benefit in reduced notification obligations and a reduced notification fee.
Australia serves as a peer-reviewer for Canadian assessment reports on new and existing chemicals.
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