Assessment certificates

AICIS logo - new scheme starting on 1 July 2020 that replaces NICNAS

Key transition points

  • NICNAS assessment certificates in force on 1 July 2020 will transition to become AICIS assessment certificates with equivalent rights, terms and conditions.
  • Applications for an assessment certificate submitted to NICNAS (and paid for in full) prior to 1 July 2020 but not yet finalised (pending applications) will transition for consideration for an assessment certificate under AICIS.
  • Any secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will become a specific information requirement under AICIS.

Assessment certificates and Inventory listings

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For more details about assessment certificate transitional matters, please refer to Division 1, Part 5 of Schedule 2 to the IC (CATP) Act and Part 2 of the Transitional Rules.

Download transitional legislation, explanatory statements and rules

What will happen to my pending assessment certificate application at 1 July 2020?

If you application hasn't been finalised by 1 July 2020, we'll complete the assessment under AICIS.

We'll contact you and explain the transition of your pending NICNAS application to AICIS. There is no further cost to you.

  • You will still be able to apply to vary an assessment report for transitioned applications.
  • You can still apply for confidentiality so that certain details of your introduction are not included in the published report.
  • To match the old law, conditions aren't limited to an introduction's volume, location or duration.

What will happen to my pending extension certificate application?

We'll assess your application under the new law.

There are no extension certificates issued under AICIS. If you have a pending application that you've submitted and paid for under NICNAS, it will transition to AICIS. There is no further cost to you. We'll contact you about this.

Where the only change sought is to add another introducer

In this case, we'll assess the transitioned application under AICIS as an application for that new introducer to become a 'person covered by a certificate'. All certificate holders must give their consent.

Where significant changes are sought

If there are significant changes to the introduction and use of the chemical compared to the original assessment, the pending extension application will be treated as an application under AICIS to vary a term of the original certificate.

As is the case under NICNAS, you'll need to give us any information you have about:

  • the chemical's health and environmental hazards and
  • any proposed change in the introduction or use of the chemical. For example, changes that affect occupational, environmental or public exposure compared to the original assessment.

How will assessment certificates transition from NICNAS to AICIS?

They will transition as assessment certificates under AICIS.

  • Your assessment certificate will transition to AICIS under the new law with equivalent rights, terms and conditions.
  • We'll regard any holders of NICNAS assessment certificates at 1 July 2020 as holders of AICIS assessment certificates.
  • We'll list assessed chemicals on the AICIS Inventory 5 years after a NICNAS assessment certificate for the chemical was first issued. As is the case now, you can apply for an earlier listing.
  • Any existing NICNAS secondary notification obligations will become a specific information requirement under the new law.

Last update 2 December 2019