Consultation for options to limit consumer exposure to hazardous azo dyes
Date: 24th February 2015
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is considering options to limit consumer exposure to hazardous azo dyes in certain clothing, textiles and leather goods. A consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) has been developed and is now available for stakeholder comment. The draft RIS sets out:
the problem that the ACCC is trying to solve
why Government intervention may be appropriate
the options available to limit consumer exposure to hazardous azo dyes
the benefits and costs of each option.
The ACCC is requesting stakeholders make submissions on the draft RIS by close of business 10 April 2015.
Stakeholders likely to be affected by any of the options set out in the draft RIS are encouraged to make a submission and describe the impact of the options on them (or their business) and if possible explain the additional costs they may face under each option.
Why has the ACCC released a draft regulation impact statement?
The ACCC has released a draft regulation impact statement because one of the options it is proposing to limit consumer exposure to hazardous azo dyes involves regulation. When the ACCC proposes a regulation option for a product safety issue, it must develop a regulation impact statement and hold a public consultation.
In Australia there are restrictions on supplying certain benzidine-based azo dyes – that is, the dyes themselves – through Schedule 7 of the Poisons Standard. Schedule 7 applies to dangerous poisons and it generally bans their supply, possession and use. The Australian government is currently consulting on adding more hazardous azo dyes to Schedule 7 of the Poisons Standard as a result of recommendations from the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) (please note: this is a separate consultation process).
Listing hazardous azo dyes in the Poisons Standard does not prevent their use in certain finished consumer goods like clothing, textiles and leather goods.