Modular notification categories - reduced fee options
We have a number of modular notification categories with reduced fees, where a previous (or concurrent) assessment can be utilised in the NICNAS assessment. These are available for non self-assessed Standard, Limited and Polymer of low concern applications, where:
Similar Chemical: the notified chemical or polymer is similar to a chemical or polymer previously assessed by NICNAS, or
Group Assessment: the notified chemical or polymer is being notified at the same time as a similar chemical or polymer (primary chemical or polymer) and for a similar use, or
Approved Foreign Scheme: an assessment of the notified chemical in Canada (under a comparable schedule) is available, or
Comparable Agency: an assessment of the notified chemical by:
- the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, is available, or
- the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994, is available, or
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991, is available, or
- a chemicals notification and assessment scheme from the USA, EU (pre-REACH), Canada (where the criteria for the Approved Foreign Scheme category are not met), or OECD member country, is available.
 The term 'similar' is defined by specific criteria in the sections below.
General application requirements
If you are submitting an application under one of the modular notification categories, indicate this on the STD/LTD or PLC notification Form-1 and, as indicated, on the form, complete and submit the modular attachment. The attachment relates solely to the application under this category. Completing it does not, however, fulfil the requirements of the notification itself.
In all cases you must:
- have consent from the original notifier and the holder of the data for the original assessment to use the assessment report for a NICNAS assessment
- address all relevant schedules of data requirements for the relevant assessment category and provide copies of all available toxicity data in English—except in the case where the chemical has been previously assessed by NICNAS.
Modular notification categories
Similar to chemical previously assessed by NICNAS
For us to regard a chemical (polymers are considered separately, below) as similar to another chemical for the purposes of reducing fees, the chemical must be prima facie structurally identical or similar and must have been assessed at the same or a higher-level (that is, STD) notification category.
This certificate category is for a chemical or polymer notified at the same time as one that is similar and has a similar use (including notification of inseparable mixtures).
Assessed by a comparable agency
NICNAS is currently working with other Australian Government regulators, including the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to develop ways for these bodies to provide their assessment reports to NICNAS.
Last update 16 April 2019