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Apply for protection of information as confidential business information

Businesses can apply for an AICIS approved chemical name (AACN) to protect the chemical name as confidential business information. They can also apply to use a generalised end use instead of a specific end use.


years maximum validity (can reapply)


working days to process your application


in AICIS Business Services

Who can apply?

Certificate holders and chemical data providers (including foreign entities).

When you can apply

You must apply at the same time you submit any of these applications or reports:

  • Assessment certificate applications
  • Applications to vary an assessment certificate
  • Commercial evaluation authorisation (CEA) applications
  • Applications to vary a CEA
  • Application to vary the terms of an Inventory listing
  • Pre-introduction reports for internationally assessed introductions

How to apply

Apply online in AICIS Business Services

We have detailed guidance on our AACN and generalised end use pages including what information you need to tell us when proposing an AACN or generalised end use.

Follow our guidance on how to apply for an AACN

Follow our guidance on how to apply for protection of end use

You must also meet a statutory test that we apply where we weigh up commercial and public interest.

Follow our guidance on the statutory test

After you submit your application

We'll contact you if we need more information and again when we have processed your application. You'll be able to track and view the outcome of your application online through AICIS Business Services.

If we approve your application

If we approve CBI it becomes ‘protected information’.

This means if you applied for protection of your chemical’s:

  • name, we’ll only use the AACN in anything we publish
  • specific end use, we’ll only use the generalised end use in anything we publish

If we reject your application

If you applied for an AACN and we reject your application, we’ll tell you of our intention to publish the full chemical name.

If you applied for a generalised end use and we reject your application, we’ll tell you of our intention publish the specific end use of your chemical.

Reconsideration and review rights

If you do not agree with our decision, you may ask us to reconsider. You must make your request in writing to the Executive Director within 20 working days. You must outline reasons for requesting the reconsideration and you can attach supporting information.

If you are disagree with the outcome of our reconsideration, you can submit an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review of our reconsidered decision. For information about the appeal process, please refer to the AAT website.

How long does CBI protection last

It’s valid for 5 years unless we decide it’s necessary to publish information earlier

Otherwise, after the 5 years, you can apply to continue your CBI protection.

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