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Become a confidence holder of approved confidential business information

This page relates to chemicals assessed before 1 July 2020 by NICNAS (our former scheme) that were granted a confidential listing on the Inventory and this confidential status has transitioned to the AICIS Inventory.


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This application relates to section 36, Schedule 2 of the Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2019.

If you are going to import or manufacture the listed chemical, you can apply for CBI protection of chemical identity. If your application succeeds, your chemical's identity will not be publicly searchable on the Inventory.

We will assess your application to see if it meets our statutory test (under AICIS). We must be satisfied that the publication of your chemical's identity on the Inventory could substantially prejudice your commercial interests.

Find out more by reading our guidance on the statutory test we apply.


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Apply to be a confidence holder of CBI for a protected Inventory listing

Go to our fees and charges page.


Submit application in AICIS Business Services

Information required

You must provide evidence to support your application:

  • What are your commercial interests in the Inventory-listed chemical.
  • If the application is due to a transfer of business, you must provide documentary evidence of the transfer.
  • Demonstrate how listing the chemical identity would be detrimental to your business – including an estimate of the financial loss.
  • Any additional information you would like considered when we review your application that is relevant to your commercial interests being prejudiced by the publishing of the chemical’s identity.
  • For more detailed guidance, see our statutory test page.

After you submit your application

We’ll contact you if we need more information and again when we have processed your application.

If we approve your application, you will be authorised as a confidence holder of the Inventory-listed chemical’s identity.

If your application is unsuccessful, we may publish some or all of the elements on the chemical’s Inventory listing terms.

Completing the application form

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Step 1: Download the application form and fill out the required information.

Step 2: Make sure you save it to your hard drive as a PDF. Click File > Save and select a location for the file.

Step 3: Log into AICIS Business Services with your username and password, or create an account if you don’t have one.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Other applications’ tab, then click on ‘create a new application’. From the drop down list of applications, select ‘Confidence holder of CBI for a protected Inventory listing'.

Step 5: Click on ‘Upload Form’ and upload your saved application and any supporting documents, if required.

Step 6: Click ‘submit’.

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