Commercial evaluation permits

We aim to minimise any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers as we move from NICNAS to AICIS.

There are no permits under AICIS. However, holders of a valid NICNAS permit at 1 July 2020 will enjoy a transitional treatment to minimise any disruption.

Key points on this page discuss how the following will transition:

  • current commercial evaluation permits (CECs) issued by NICNAS
  • pending* CEC applications on 1 July 2020
  • pending* CEC renewal applications on 1 July 2020

For more information about the transition of commercial evaluation permits, you should refer to Division 2 of Part 5 of Schedule 2 of the IC (CATP) Act and Part 3 of the Transitional Rules.

Download transitional legislation, explanatory statements and rules here

A “pending” CEC application is where you applied (and paid) under NICNAS, but NICNAS did not reach a decision before 1 July 2020.

How will my CEC transition to the new law?

On 1 July 2020 your CEC will become a commercial evaluation authorisation (CEA) under AICIS. This CEA will keep the terms and conditions of your NICNAS CEC, except for the time period.

How long will my transitioned CEA stay in force for?

It will stay in force for the period we issued it for under NICNAS.

Can I apply to renew my transitioned CEA?

Yes. It will be become an application to vary the terms of an authorisation under AICIS. Your transitioned authorisation will stay in force until we make a decision. The total duration that your authorisation can stay in force for, including any extension we grant, can be up to 4 years from the date we issued the permit under NICNAS.

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

We'll contact you to go through aspects of the transition to the new law with you. There is no further cost to you.

Your pending application for a CEC will transition and we'll treat it as though it you applied for a CEA under AICIS.

You can also apply for CBI protection of end use on your pending application

If your CEC application transitions on 1 July 2020, you'll also be able to apply for confidential business information protection (of end use). You must do this within 10 working days from 1 July 2020. We'll be in touch with you about this.

What will happen to my pending CEC renewal application at 1 July 2020?

Your pending CEC renewal application will transition and we'll treat it as though you have applied to vary a CEA under AICIS. Your transitioned authorisation will stay in force until we make a decision.

Last update 5 December 2019