Guidance on the new scheme AICIS
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An evaluation is a risk assessment of an industrial chemical that's already available for use in Australia. There's no change to a chemical's existing status while we do an evaluation. But, regulatory treatment of a chemical can change after we've finished our evaluation if we decide it's necessary.
All introducers will need to submit an annual declaration to confirm compliance. Declarations are required for all 6 AICIS introduction categories.
Under AICIS, you'll need do a 'once-off exempted introduction declaration' about certain chemicals you have introduced for the first time under our ‘exempted’ category.
We regulate the manufacture and import (introduction) of industrial chemicals based on their risk. To assess risk, we consider any potential harm to human health and the environment. We call our approach the Risk Assessment Framework. These principles also guide how industry determines the indicative risk of unlisted chemicals and categorises them for introduction.
You'll be able to use this list to check if your chemical has hazards in the highest human health hazard band or the 2 highest environment hazard bands.
Businesses can apply for an AICIS Approved Chemical Name to protect the chemical name as confidential business information.
NICNAS commercial evaluation permits will become commercial evaluation authorisations (CEAs) on 1 July 2020. If you have a pending application on that date — and we approve it — we'll issue you with a CEA.
NICNAS controlled use permits will become time-limited assessment certificates on 1 July 2020. If you have a pending application on that date — and we approve it — we'll issue you with a time-limited AICIS certificate as well.
What will happen to pending applications and how NICNAS permits will transition to AICIS on 1 July 2020.
Find out how exemptions under NICNAS will be dealt with from 1 July 2020 under AICIS.
NICNAS low volume permits will become time-limited assessment certificates on 1 July 2020. If you have a pending application on that date — and we approve it — we'll issue you with a time-limited AICIS certificate as well.
Your NICNAS registration will automatically transfer to AICIS on 1 July 2020.
From 1 July 2020, your secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will become specific information requirements under AICIS.
How we'll deal with the migration of industrial chemicals to the new Inventory, chemicals that have a condition of use under NICNAS, pending Inventory applications and how you can apply for confidentiality under NICNAS when your chemical is due for listing.
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Last update 17 December 2019