24 November 2017
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme's (NICNAS) established the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework to accelerate the assessment of chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). IMAP is a scientific and risk-based model for assessing chemicals with three tiers of assessment. The assessment effort increases with each tier. A decision is made at the end of each assessment tier if the next tier of assessment is required to determine risk.
The OECD works with member countries and other stakeholders to cooperatively assess the hazards of industrial chemicals. This generates OECD-agreed assessments that are available to the public, and that can be used for priority setting, risk assessment and other activities within national or regional programmes. This co-operative work allows member countries and the chemical industry to share the burden of evaluating chemicals and avoid duplication.
Therefore, increaseing efficiencies, decreasing costs and minimising the need for animal testing. As part of this work, member countries work together to improve and harmonise chemical assessment methods using the most current science. These include integrated approaches to testing and assessment and (quantitative) structure activity relationships, or (Q)SARs.