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Assessment Timeframes

New Chemicals notifications pass through three stages

  • Screening;

  • Assessment; and

  • Finalisation.

Screening

Initial screening ensures that the notification contains sufficient information for an assessment to commence. NICNAS assessors contact applicants within 14 days and explain whether adequate information has been supplied. If so, the assessment clock will start from the day NICNAS first received the notification. If not, the letter will detail what is required in order to start the assessment clock.

Assessment

Assessment generally has statutory deadlines with time taken for an assessment depending on the type of notification:

  • STD, LTD, PLC – 90 days;

  • Self-assessment – 28 days;

  • EIP – 28 days;

  • LVC – 20 days;

  • CEC – 14 days (not a legislated timeframe); and

  • EOP - 20 days (not a legislated timeframe).

If additional information is required during the assessment, it will be requested. If this information is not supplied within the timeframe specified by NICNAS, the assessment clock will be stopped, and will be restarted from Day 1 once the additional information is received.

Finalisation

For most types of notification, NICNAS will send the draft report/gazette notice to the applicants so that they can check for accuracy in both the confidential and non-confidential sections. The applicant may then accept the assessment, possibly suggesting minor editorial changes, and the certificate will be issued within 7 days. If required, there is the option to apply for a variation of the draft assessment report (Forms are available when this is required).

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