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Welcome to the website of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). We started on 1 July 2020. Read about us.

Apply for an assessment certificate

If your chemical is not listed on the Inventory and your importation or manufacture is in the assessed category, you must apply for an assessment certificate.

Who can apply

Applicants can be Australian or foreign businesses. Multiple applicants can apply for the same assessment certificate (joint applicants) or each can apply for their own certificate (even if another person already has a certificate). 

Applicants can appoint agents to act on their behalf. Applicants can also nominate another person or business to provide chemical information (chemical data provider). Read about role of applicants, chemical data providers and agents.

Note: Any business involved in an application for an assessment certificate must first sign up with AICIS Business Services.

When you must apply

You must apply for an assessment certificate and receive a certificate from us before you introduce the chemical if your chemical is not listed on our Inventory and either of the following apply:

  • your introduction’s indicative risk to human health and/or the environment is medium to high
  • you have categorised your introduction and it is in the assessed category

Read our guide to categorising your introduction to work out the indicative risk and category of your introduction.

Even if you are not required to apply for an assessment certificate but you wish to get your chemical added to the Inventory, you can still apply.

How to apply

Apply online for an assessment certificate through AICIS Business Services.

For details on how to apply, see our guide to applying online for an assessment certificate

Certificate application types

There are 5 types of assessment certificates you can apply for based on how you categorised your introduction. Each type has different information requirements and you can only select one type for each application.

Health and environment focus

Choose this application if your introduction’s indicative risk to both human health and the environment is medium to high.

Health focus

Choose this application if your introduction’s indicative risk to human health is medium to high and the risk to the environment is low or very low.

Environment focus

Choose this application if your introduction’s indicative risk to the environment is medium to high and the risk to human health is low or very low.

Very low to low risk

If the highest indicative risk of your introduction to human health and the environment is low or very low, you are not required to apply for a certificate. However, if you wish to obtain a certificate, choose this application type.

Comparable hazard assessment

Choose this application if your introduction meets the requirement for a comparable hazard assessment for human health or the environment. Your application consists of an online application for a certificate and a related PDF form.

visual representation of relationship between health and environmental risk with application type

Information you need before you apply

  • The chemical’s public name
  • AICIS business IDs (starting with NIC) of all businesses that are participants in your application. This includes business IDs of any other certificate applicants (known as joint applicants), agents and chemical data providers.
  • The name of an individual from each participating business who we will contact regarding your application and who already has an AICIS Business Services account. In your application form, you must enter the AICIS business ID as well as the first and last name of one contact person for each business. The names must exactly match the name that they used to sign up for their AICIS Business Services account. Each contact person will receive an email to confirm their participation and role in your application. 
  • If you do not own data that you submit in your application, including study reports or other references, you must obtain permission from the data owner (in other words, you must have the legal right to use the intellectual property in the data you are submitting).
  • If you are introducing chemicals used in cosmetics and wish to use new animal test data in your application, you may need to apply for approval to use animal test data before you submit your certificate application. Read about applying to use animal test data in your application.

If your introduction is a specified class of introduction, there will be additional information requirements for your application.

  • Gas
  • Certain chemicals at the nanoscale
  • Biochemical
  • For end use in a personal vaporiser
  • For end use in an article with food contact
  • For end use in tattoo ink
  • For end use as a biocidal active
  • Designated kind of release into the environment
  • GM product
  • Highly branched organic chemical
  • Polyhalogenated organic chemical
  • Organic chemicals containing a C4-C20 sequence of fully fluorinated carbon atoms
  • UV filter

If your introduction is one of these specified classes you will need to contact us for guidance on the additional information you must include in your application.

These tables summarise the information you’ll need to give us depending on your application type. We have aligned the information requirements based on the database structure of the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA’s) International Uniform ChemicaL Information Database (IUCLID) software application.

Note: If you’re uploading an IUCLID dossier as part of your application, you’ll need to validate it against Australian requirements. Read about what you’ll need to do.

IUCLID documentation

Health and environment focus

or

Comparable hazard assessment – indicative risk is medium to high for health and environment

Sections Subsections / Documents
1. General information 1.1, 1.2 Required
1.3 If available
1.4 Required
2. Classification, labelling 2.1 Required
3. Manufacture 3.2 Required
3.3 Required for manufacture only
3.5.1 – 3.5.5 If available – though must provide at least one use in Section 3
3.5.6 If available
4. Physical and chemical properties 4.1 – 4.8, 4.21 Required
4.11, 4.14, 4.15 Required
4.13, 4.14 Required
4.9, 4.10, 4.16, 4.20, 4.22, 4.23, 4.27, 4.28.8 – 4.28.13 If available
4.28.1 – 4.28.7, 4.28.14 If available
5. Environmental fate and pathways 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.2.3, 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 5.6 If available
5.1.2, 5.4.1 Required
5.2.1 Required
5.3.1, 5.3.2 Required (any one bioaccumulation study)
6. Ecotoxicological information 6.1.1, 6.1.3 Required
6.1.2, 6.1.4 If available
6.1.5 Required
6.1.6 If available
6.1.7 If available
6.1.8 If available
6.1.19, 6.2, 6.3.1 – 6.3.4, 6.6 If available
7. Toxicological information 7.1.1, 7.1.2 If available
7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.5.3 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.2.2 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.2.4, 7.4.2, 7.5.4, 7.8.3, 7.9.4 – 7.9.6, 7.10.1 – 7.10.5 If available
7.3.1, 7.4.1 Required (or waiver)
7.3.2 Required (or waiver)
7.5.1 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.5.2 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.6.1, 7.6.2

Required (at least in vitro/in vivo or waiver)*

*(At least one in vitro OR in vivo study that addresses point mutations

AND

At least one in vitro OR in vivo study that addresses chromosome damage)

7.7 If available
7.8.1 If available
7.8.2 If available
9. Residues in food and feeding stuff If available
11. Guidance on safe use Required
13. Assessment report (attach SDS here) Required

 

IUCLID documentation

Health focus

or

Comparable hazard assessment – indicative risk is medium to high for human health and low or very low for environment

Sections Subsections / Documents
1. General information 1.1, 1.2 Required
1.3 If available
1.4 Required
2. Classification, labelling 2.1 Required
3. Manufacture 3.2 Required
3.3 Required for manufacture only
3.5.1 – 3.5.5 If available – though must provide at least one use in Section 3
3.5.6 If available
4. Physical and chemical properties 4.1 – 4.8, 4.21 Required
4.11, 4.14, 4.15 Required
4.13, 4.14 Required
4.9, 4.10, 4.16, 4.20, 4.22, 4.23, 4.27, 4.28.8 – 4.28.13 If available
4.28.1 – 4.28.7, 4.28.14 If available
5. Environmental fate and pathways 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.2.3, 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 5.6 If available
5.1.2, 5.4.1 Required
5.2.1 If available
5.3.1, 5.3.2 If available
6. Ecotoxicological information 6.1.1, 6.1.3 If available
6.1.2, 6.1.4 If available
6.1.5 If available
6.1.6 If available
6.1.7 If available
6.1.8 If available
6.1.19, 6.2, 6.3.1 – 6.3.4, 6.6 If available
7. Toxicological information 7.1.1, 7.1.2 If available
7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.5.3 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.2.2 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.2.4, 7.4.2, 7.5.4, 7.8.3, 7.9.4 – 7.9.6, 7.10.1 – 7.10.5 If available
7.3.1, 7.4.1 Required (or waiver)
7.3.2 Required (or waiver)
7.5.1 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.5.2 Required (at least 1 route or waiver)
7.6.1, 7.6.2

Required (at least in vitro/in vivo or waiver)*

*(At least one in vitro OR in vivo study that addresses point mutations

AND

At least one in vitro OR in vivo study that addresses chromosome damage)

7.7 If available
7.8.1 If available
7.8.2 If available
9. Residues in food and feeding stuff If available
11. Guidance on safe use Required
13. Assessment report (attach SDS here) Required

 

IUCLID documentation

Environment focus

or

Comparable hazard assessment – indicative risk is medium to high for environment and low or very low for human health

Sections Subsections / Documents
1. General information 1.1, 1.2 Required
1.3 If available
1.4 Required
2. Classification, labelling 2.1 Required
3. Manufacture 3.2 Required
3.3 Required for manufacture only
3.5.1 – 3.5.5 If available – though must provide at least one use in Section 3
3.5.6 If available
4. Physical and chemical properties 4.1 – 4.8, 4.21 Required
4.11, 4.14, 4.15 If available
4.13, 4.14 If available
4.9, 4.10, 4.16, 4.20, 4.22, 4.23, 4.27, 4.28.8 – 4.28.13 If available
4.28.1 – 4.28.7, 4.28.14 If available
5. Environmental fate and pathways 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.2.3, 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 5.6 If available
5.1.2, 5.4.1 Required
5.2.1 Required
5.3.1, 5.3.2 Required (any one bioaccumulation study)
6. Ecotoxicological information 6.1.1, 6.1.3 Required
6.1.2, 6.1.4 If available
6.1.5 Required
6.1.6 If available
6.1.7 If available
6.1.8 If available
6.1.19, 6.2, 6.3.1 – 6.3.4, 6.6 If available
7. Toxicological information 7.1.1, 7.1.2 If available
7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.5.3 If available
7.2.2 If available
7.2.4, 7.4.2, 7.5.4, 7.8.3, 7.9.4 – 7.9.6, 7.10.1 – 7.10.5 If available
7.3.1, 7.4.1 If available
7.3.2 If available
7.5.1 If available
7.5.2 If available
7.6.1, 7.6.2

If available

7.7 If available
7.8.1 If available
7.8.2 If available
9. Residues in food and feeding stuff If available
11. Guidance on safe use Required
13. Assessment report (attach SDS here) Required

 

IUCLID documentation

Very low to low risk

or

Comparable hazard assessment – indicative risk is low or very low for health and environment

Sections Subsections / Documents
1. General information 1.1, 1.2 Required
1.3 If available
1.4 Required
2. Classification, labelling 2.1 Required
3. Manufacture 3.2 Required
3.3 Required for manufacture only
3.5.1 – 3.5.5 If available – though must provide at least one use in Section 3
3.5.6 If available
4. Physical and chemical properties 4.1 – 4.8, 4.21 Required
4.11, 4.14, 4.15 If available
4.13, 4.14 If available
4.9, 4.10, 4.16, 4.20, 4.22, 4.23, 4.27, 4.28.8 – 4.28.13 If available
4.28.1 – 4.28.7, 4.28.14 If available
5. Environmental fate and pathways 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.2.3, 5.4.2, 5.4.4, 5.6 If available
5.1.2, 5.4.1 Required
5.2.1 If available
5.3.1, 5.3.2 If available
6. Ecotoxicological information 6.1.1, 6.1.3 If available
6.1.2, 6.1.4 If available
6.1.5 If available
6.1.6 If available
6.1.7 If available
6.1.8 If available
6.1.19, 6.2, 6.3.1 – 6.3.4, 6.6 If available
7. Toxicological information 7.1.1, 7.1.2 If available
7.2.1, 7.2.3, 7.5.3 If available
7.2.2 If available
7.2.4, 7.4.2, 7.5.4, 7.8.3, 7.9.4 – 7.9.6, 7.10.1 – 7.10.5 If available
7.3.1, 7.4.1 If available
7.3.2 If available
7.5.1 If available
7.5.2 If available
7.6.1, 7.6.2

If available

7.7 If available
7.8.1 If available
7.8.2 If available
9. Residues in food and feeding stuff If available
11. Guidance on safe use Required
13. Assessment report (attach SDS here) Required

 

Setting a defined scope of assessment for your application

Part of the application process is setting a defined scope of assessment, which describes the parameters of our risk assessment.  We include defined scope of assessment information as a term on your certificate and you must introduce within these terms. We decide on a defined scope of assessment through information you give us in your certificate application and our own risk assessment. A defined scope of assessment is also published in our Assessment Statements and later on the Inventory.

Follow this guidance on defined scope of assessment for certificate applications

Confidential business information (CBI) and flagging information as confidential

If you don’t want us to publish your chemical’s proper name and/or specific end use, you need to apply for CBI protection as part of your assessment certificate application. 

Note, we may include your specific end use when we publish information about the defined scope of assessment.

A CBI application requires additional information and a separate fee. We are required to apply a statutory test that balances the public interest in the publication of the information against the prejudice to your commercial interests that would be caused by publishing the information.

You’ll be able to apply for protection of your CBI in the sections where you enter the chemical’s name and end uses. This involves 3 steps:

  • entering relevant information to justify your application
  • saving the draft 
  • paying the CBI invoice

Once paid, you’ll be able to proceed with the assessment certificate application. If your CBI application is successful, we will publish an AICIS approved chemical name (AACN) instead of your chemical’s proper name and a generalised description of its end use instead of the specific end use.

Read about applying for confidentiality of information as confidential business information

If there is other information in your application that you consider to be confidential, you can ‘flag’ this information in your application. For example, when you apply, to help us set the defined scope of assessment, you must give us exact information about volumes, concentrations and purity – if this is CBI, you can flag this information.

Read about how to flag volumes, concentrations and purity in our defined scope of assessment guidance

Fees

Go to our fees page.

Timeframes and assessment process

Once you submit a completed application with payment, it generally takes 70 days to complete. We may contact you if we need more information during the assessment process. We may also need to consult with other risk managers during the process.

If we approve your application

We’ll issue you with a certificate and you must introduce in accordance with any terms we set. As well as a defined scope of assessment, we can also add conditions of introduction or use, and specific information obligations if necessary. Conditions of introduction or use are restrictions we can impose on the importation and manufacture of a chemical on:

  • how much (volume) you can introduce
  • where the chemical is permitted to be introduced or used

After we issue you with a certificate, you have ongoing reporting and record-keeping obligations.

We will also publish an assessment statement on our website.

After we issue a certificate

Your chemical will be add to the Inventory after 5 years, or earlier if you successfully apply for early listing. 

If at any time, you can no longer introduce your chemical under the terms of the certificate, you should contact us to get our advice on your compliance obligations and next steps.

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