Confidential commercial information​ (CCI)

Declaring information as confidential commercial information (CCI) allows an applicant to protect the commercially valuable information in a licence application.

Why applicants might need a CCI declaration

We strongly recommend that applicants wishing to apply for a CCI declaration seek their own legal advice.

To assess the risks from a GMO, the Regulator requires information about the GMO and the proposed work. The applicant may want to keep some of that information private.

For example, a company might have a commercial advantage because they are using a novel gene sequence in their GMO. The company can ask the Regulator to protect this information by declaring it as CCI.

Information the Regulator can declare as CCI

While the Regulator must be transparent in decisions, they can protect commercially valuable data by declaring it as CCI.

The Regulator can declare information as CCI if it:

  • is a trade secret
  • has commercial or other value that may be compromised if disclosed
  • concerns lawful commercial or financial affairs that could be unreasonably affected if disclosed.

Information not usually declared as CCI

The Regulator may refuse to declare information as CCI if the public interest outweighs any likely loss to the applicant requesting the CCI declaration.

They can only declare the locations of GM plant field trials as CCI when significant damage to people, environment or property is likely to occur.

Information that is already published and publicly available (either for free or by paying a fee) cannot usually be declared as CCI.

Who can see CCI?

The Regulator and OGTR can only share CCI with the scientific experts and government agencies consulted during the decision-making process.

Apply for a CCI declaration


Apply for a CCI declaration

Apply for a declaration that specified information is confidential commercial information (CCI) under the Gene Technology Act 2000.

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