6.1 The applicant should evaluate the Other Method
against the benchmark according to a protocol that is approved by
6.2 The applicant should then prepare an application
for the Other Method and submit it to the Member State concerned.
6.3 The Administration should review the application
to ensure it is satisfactory (i.e. contains all of the information
that is required and the information provided is of a sufficient standard
to enable a decision to be made by the Committee). If the application
is satisfactory, the Member State should submit a proposal for approval
in principle to the Committee taking into account the deadlines prior
to the MEPC at which approval in principle is to be sought.
6.4 When in session, the Committee should decide
if the proposal is acceptable for consideration by the Committee and
set the time frame for the evaluation of the proposal as follows:
.1 the Committee may commission an independent
review of the risk assessment method, data and assumptions in order
to ensure that a scientifically rigorous analysis has been conducted.
The review should be undertaken by independent experts with ecological,
aquatic biology, ship design and operation, and risk assessment expertise;
.2 the reviewers' report should be in written
form and circulated to the Parties, Members of the Organization, the
United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, intergovernmental organizations
having agreements with the Organization and non-governmental organizations
in consultative status with the Organization, prior to its consideration
by the Committee.
6.5 All proprietary data should be treated as
confidential by the Committee, the competent authorities involved,
and the independent reviewers, if any. However, all information related
to safety and environmental protection, including physical/chemical
properties and data on environmental fate and toxicity, should be
treated as non-confidential.
6.6 The Committee should evaluate the application
for approval in principle of an Other Method in accordance with this