Assessment process and reports

Last update 17 February 2017

The process, including assessment time frames, differs depending on whether it is a secondary notification of an existing chemical or a new chemical.

Secondary notifications of chemicals listed on the AICS are assessed as existing chemicals.

Secondary notification of chemicals not yet listed on AICS, but which have been assessed by NICNAS (i.e. those still in the 5-year certificate period) are assessed under the new chemicals process.

We complete a new chemical secondary notification assessment within 90 days from the date a complete secondary notification application package is received.

Following the assessment of a new chemical under a secondary notification, NICNAS revises the original assessment report within 90 days.

We then prepare a revised report and send to the applicant the:

  • assessment report (version containing exempt information)
  • public report (assessment report without exempt information)

Comparison of secondary notification procedures for new and existing chemicals

The secondary notification procedure differs for new chemicals and existing chemicals, as outlined below.

Phase

New chemicals procedures

Existing chemicals procedures

Receipt of additional information

Review of information to determine if Secondary Notification is required.

Review of information to determine if Secondary Notification is required.

Publication of an information product (for example a Chemical Gazette notice) if Secondary Notification is not required.

Calling for Secondary Notification

Secondary Notification is required from you as the provider of additional information and possibly other introducers of the notified chemical.

Secondary Notification is required from you or from all parties holding information.

Fee

Fee applies

No fee applies

Assessment time frame

Within 90 days from receipt of last information (may be extended)

Six months from receipt of last information (may be extended)

Correction of draft report

Forwarded to you (applicant) for correction and/or variation.

Applicant has 14 days to respond.

Report provided to all applicants asking that any factual errors must be notified to NICNAS within 28 days.

NICNAS then has 28 days to correct the errors.

Variation of draft report

Only you (applicant) can ask for a draft report to be varied.

No separate variation phase. It is combined with the correction phase.

Following the correction phase, the draft assessment report is provided to you and other applicants and persons who provided information for the assessment.

A Chemical Gazette notice is published, inviting others to obtain a copy of the report and request variations.

NICNAS must receive variation requests within 28 days and respond to them within 56 days.

NICNAS must provide variation decisions to all applicants and persons requesting variations. Other parties may also request this information.

Anyone can lodge appeal within 28 days.

Public  comment

The public can comment after the final report is published, but must request variations within 28 days of the publication date.

You may also request further variation at this time.

Public comment on draft reports (discussed under 'Variation of draft report' immediately above).

Publication of final report

Published 28 days after the final report is first provided to the applicant, unless other variation requests are outstanding.

Report may be published after the last date for submitting variation requests if none are received. Otherwise, unless an appeal against a variation decision is made, publication occurs 56 days after the last date for submitting variation requests.

Appeal

Variation decisions can be appealed to the AAT.

Variation decisions can be appealed to the AAT.

Secondary notification fees