The Inventory

We aim to minimise any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers as we move from NICNAS to AICIS.

These key points discuss:
  • how we'll treat Inventory listings started under NICNAS but finalised under AICIS
  • the new Inventory
  • how confidential information will be protected

We'll also publish more guidance as we head towards the new scheme.

Part 11 of the Transitional Rules has more details about moving to the Inventory under the new law. You should read Part 11 of the Transitional Rules in conjunction with Part 5, Schedule 2 of the CATP Act.

Download transitional legislation, explanatory statements and rules here

Transition of industrial chemicals listed on the NICNAS public inventory

We'll migrate all chemicals that have an industrial use to the new Inventory.

The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances will become the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals. We will continue to call it the Inventory. Chemicals that have never had an industrial use will not be included in the new Inventory.


Transition of industrial chemicals listed on the NICNAS confidential inventory

Current arrangements for protecting confidentiality will continue. We'll migrate them to the new Inventory.

They will not be searchable on the new AICIS website and we won't publish any details about these confidentially listed chemicals. Like now, anyone with a genuine intent to import or manufacture the chemical can make a request via our Business Services site to search for chemicals on the Inventory that have been confidentially listed.

After you submit a request we will:

  • check to see if the chemical is listed confidentially on the Inventory
  • confirm whether the chemical is available for import or manufacture in Australia
  • check to see if your planned use of the chemical complies with any conditions/terms of listing

How will conditions of use on the current Inventory be treated in the new Inventory?

Skip to the next section on pending applications, listing due dates and confidential listings

They'll become either a 'defined scope of assessment' or a 'condition of introduction or use'.

Some chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory have a condition of use associated with that chemical. These conditions of use will become either a defined scope of assessment or a condition of introduction or use on the AICIS Inventory.

See our tables below for more information

What is a defined scope of assessment under AICIS?

A defined scope of assessment describes the parameters of any previous assessment of a chemical. You must check whether your planned importation or manufacture (introduction) falls within a defined scope of assessment. If your planned introduction is not within a defined scope of assessment on the chemical’s Inventory listing, then it can't be categorised as a listed introduction. You'll have to categorise your introduction under one of the other introduction categories:

  • Exempted
  • Reported
  • Assessed
  • Commercial evaluation authorisation
  • Exceptional circumstances authorisation.

We'll publish more information about this as we head towards the new scheme.

What is a condition of introduction or use under AICIS?

A condition of introduction or use can include how much (annual volume) you can import or manufacture and restrictions on where the chemical can be used. You must check whether your planned introduction falls within any conditions of introduction or use. If your planned introduction does not fall within a condition of introduction or use on the chemical's Inventory listing, then it can't be categorised as a listed introduction.

Before you introduce the chemical, you must apply to AICIS for a variation of the Inventory listing. Your introduction is not authorised until AICIS approves the variation.

The transition of chemicals with NICNAS conditions of use to AICIS

The tables below list chemicals with conditions of use under NICNAS and whether those conditions will become defined scope of assessment or condition of introduction or use.

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  • Chemicals that will become defined scope of assessment under AICIS
    Chemicals with NICNAS conditions of use that will become defined scope of assessment under AICIS
    Item Chemical name CAS no.
    1 Hexanoic acid, 2-ethyl-, 1,1’-(2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediyl) ester 28510-23-8
    2 1H-Indole-5,6-diol, 2,3-dihydro-, hydrobromide (1:1) 138937-28-7
    3 Castor oil, monomaleate 241153-84-4
    4 Pyridine, 4-ethenyl-, reaction products with 3a, 4, 7, 7a-tetrahydrodimethyl-4, 7-methano-1 H–indene 125352-06-9
    5 Nitriles, tallow, hydrogenated, reaction products with acrylonitrile, hydrogenated, reaction products with propylene oxide 490021-69-7
    6 Glycine, N-Acetyl-N-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]valyl- 379685-96-8
    7 L-Ascorbic acid, 2-(3-aminopropyl hydrogen phosphate) 220644-17-7
    8 L-Arginine, 3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-2-propenoate (1:1) 950890-74-1
    9 L-Ascorbic acid, tetrakis(2-hexyldecanoate) 183476-82-6
    10 L-Ascorbic acid, 2-[(2R)-3,4-dihydro-2,5,7,8-tetramethyl-2-[(4R,8R)-4,8,12-trimethyltridecyl]-2H-1-benzopyran-6-yl (2Z)-2-butenedioate], compd. with 1-propanol (1:1) 488109-67-7
    11 Benzenesulfonic acid, 4-[(4,7,7-trimethyl-3-oxobicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ylidene)methyl]- 56039-58-8
    12 Decanoic acid, mixed diesters with 1,2-butanediol and octanoic acid 686341-29-7
    13 Fatty acids, C10-30, esters with lanolin alcs. 97862-72-1
    14 9,12-Octadecadienoic acid (9Z,12Z)-, 30-[[(1S,2R,3E)-2-hydroxy-1-(hydroxymethyl)-3-heptadecen-1-yl]amino]-30-oxotriacontyl ester 156170-27-3
    15 Octadecanamide, N-[(1S,2R)-2-hydroxy-1-(hydroxymethyl)heptadecyl]- 2304-80-5
    16 Octadecanamide, N-[(1S,2S,3R)-2,3-dihydroxy-1-(hydroxymethyl)heptadecyl]- 34354-88-6
    17 Propanamide, 3-amino-N-[2-(1H-imidazol-5-yl)ethyl]-, hydrochloride (1:2) 57022-38-5
    18 α-D-Glucopyranosiduronic acid, (3β,20β)-20-carboxy-11-oxo-30-norolean-12-en-3-yl-2-O-β-D-glucopyranuronosyl-, potassium salt (1:2) 68797-35-3
    19 1H-Benzimidazole-4,6-disulfonic acid, 2,2’-(1,4-phenylene)bis-, disodium salt 180898-37-7
    20 Quaternary ammonium compounds, di-C16-18-alkyldimethyl, salts with hectorite 94891-31-3
    21 2-Butanone, 1,3,4-trihydroxy 40031-31-0
    22 4H-1-Benzopyran-4-one, 3-[(O-6-deoxy-a-L-mannopyranosyl-(1-6)-O-[α-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-4)]-β-D-glucopyranosyl)oxy]-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-5,7-dihydroxy- 130603-71-3
    23 2-Propenoic acid, homopolymer, ester with 1,2,3-propanetriol 104365-75-5
    24 Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-hydro-ω-hydroxy-, ether with methyl β-d-glucopyranoside (4:1) 68239-42-9
    25 L-Lysine, N-(1-oxohexadecyl)glycyl-L-histidyl- 147732-56-7
    26 L-Serine, N2-(1-oxohexadecyl)-L-lysyl-L-threonyl-L-threonyl-L-lysyl- 214047-00-4
    27 1,3,4-Octadecanetriol, 2-amino-, (2S, 3S, 4R)- 554-62-1
    28 α-D-glycopyranoside, methyl, monoether with triglycerol, dioctadecanoate 157175-98-9
    29 Poly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)], α-hydro-ω-hydroxy-, ether with methyl β-D-glucopyranoside (4:1) 61849-72-7
    30 Retinol, 15-[(9Z,12Z)-9,12-octadecadienoate] 631-89-0
    31 Carbomer, sodium salt 73298-57-4
    32 β-D-Glucan, (1-3)-, carboxymethyl ether, sodium salt 9050-93-5
    33 Dextran, carboxymethyl ether, sodium salt 39422-83-8
    34 DNA, sodium complexes 438545-06-3
    35 Dodecanoic acid, 2-(1-carboxyethoxy)-1-methyl-2-oxoethyl ester, sodium salt 13557-75-0
    36 L-Glutamic acid, N-(1-oxooctadecyl)-, monosodium salt 38517-23-6
    37 3,5-Heptanedione, 1,7-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)- 36062-04-1
    38 Benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-, tridecyl ester 19666-16-1
    39 1,2,3-Propanetricarboxylic acid, 2-hydroxy-, 1,2,3-tris(2-octyldodecyl) ester 126121-35-5
    40 1-Propanaminium, 2-(acetyloxy)-3-carboxy-N,N,N-trimethyl-, chloride, (2R)- 5080-50-2
    41 Laminaria, extract 92128-82-0
    42 Fats and Glyceridic oils, shea butter, unsaponifiable fraction 225234-14-0
    43 Dodecanoic acid, dodecyl ester 13945-76-1
    44 Waxes and waxy substances, orange roughy 91078-99-8
    45 Sanguisorba officinalis, extract 84787-71-3
    46 Glycoproteins, bovine-whey 84082-51-9
    47 L-Glutamic acid, N-(1-oxododecyl)-, mixed (3β)-cholest-5-en-3-yl and docosyl and octyldodecyl esters 244023-78-7
    48 Manganese, chloro[[2,2’-[1,2-ethanediylbis[(nitrilo-κN)methylidyne]]bis[6-methoxyphenolato-κO]](2-)]-, (SP-5-13)- 81065-76-1
    49 Micrococcus luteus, lysate 158765-79-8
    50 Amylopectin, 2-hydroxy-3-(trimethylammonio)propyl ether, polymer with 1,2,3-propanetriol, hexadecanoate 528855-60-9
    51 Phospholipids 123465-35-0
    52 Propanoic acid, 2,2-dimethyl-, 2-octyldodecyl ester 158567-66-9
    53 3,5,8-Trioxa-4-phosphaundec-10-en-1-aminium, 4-hydroxy-N,N,N,10-tetramethyl-9-oxo-, inner salt, 4-oxide, polymer with butyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate 125275-25-4
    54 Mulberry, Morus bombycis, extract 1174920-93-4
    55 Benzoic acid, 2-[4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzoyl]-, hexyl ester 302776-68-7
    56 Propanol, (tetradecyloxy)-, acetate 135326-54-4
    57 Hexadecanamide, 9,10,16-trihydroxy-N-[2-hydroxy-3-(tetradecyloxy)propyl]- 131276-37-4
    58 Brazil nut, extract 160965-04-8
    59 Potentilla recta, extract 90083-09-3
    60 Aspalathus linearis, extract 776295-36-4
    61 Salai, extract 97952-72-2
    62 Poria cocos, extract 168456-53-9
    63 Scutellaria baicalensis, extract 94279-99-9
    64 Hexanoic acid, 2-ethyl-, C16-18-alkyl esters 90411-68-0
  • Chemicals that will become conditions of introduction or use under AICIS
    Chemicals with NICNAS conditions of use that will become conditions of introduction or use under AICIS
    Item Chemical name CAS no.
    1 C.I. Pigment Yellow 34 1344-37-2
    2 1-Propanol, 2,3-dibromo-, phosphate (3:1) 126-72-7
    3 Hexanoic acid, 2-ethyl-, lead(2+) salt 301-08-6
    4 Lead oxide (PbO2) 1309-60-0
    5 Lead oxide (Pb3O4) 1314-41-6
    6 Lead oxide (PbO) 1317-36-8
    7 Lead, bis(carbonato(2-))dihydroxytri- 1319-46-6
    8 Octanoic acid, lead(2+) salt 7319-86-0
    9 Sulfuric acid, lead(2+) salt (1:1) 7446-14-2
    10 Chromic acid (H2CrO4), lead(2+) salt (1:1) 7758-97-6
    11 Nitric acid, lead(2+) salt 10099-74-8
    12 Molybdic acid (H2MoO4), lead(2+) salt (1:1) 10190-55-3
    13 C.I. Pigment Red 104 12656-85-8
    14 Lead chromate oxide (Pb2(CrO4)O) 18454-12-1
    15 Naphthenic acids, lead salts 61790-14-5
    16 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, bis(2-propylheptyl) ester 53306-54-0
    17 Benzenamine, 4,4’-methylenebis[2-methyl-6-(1-methylethyl)- 16298-38-7
    18 2-Propenoic acid, reaction products with acetic acid (ϒ-ω-perfluoro-C8-10-alkyl) thio derivs. Bu esters and polyethylenimine 1374418-39-9
    19 Thioimidodicarbonic acid ((HO)C(O)NHC(S)(OH)), O,O’-dibutyl ester 39142-36-4
    20 Carbamic acid, [(butylthio)thioxomethyl]-, butyl ester 1001320-38-2

What will happen to my pending early listing application 1 July 2020?

If you have applied for early listing on the Inventory before 1 July 2020, but we haven’t made a decision by that date, we'll continue to process your application. But it will transition to our new Inventory.
It will transition for consideration under AICIS arrangements on 1 July 2020. There will be no cost to you.
We'll contact you to explain the transition of your application to the new law.

What will happen to my pending application for a confidential listing at 1 July 2020?

If you have applied for listing on the confidential Inventory before 1 July 2020, but we haven’t made a decision by that date, we'll continue to process your application but  the decision will be made under transitional arrangements.

We will continue to process your application and apply the same statutory criteria that balance commercial prejudice and public interest.

If we approve your pending application for confidential listing, your chemical will not be searchable on the AICIS public website and we won't publish any information about it.

We'll contact you with more details about your application.


Listing due date — what happens if there are multiple certificates for same chemical?

Introducers with later certificates will be consulted about listing. When a chemical is due for listing on the AICIS Inventory, we'll contact all affected parties.

Who we notify when a chemical is due for listing on the Inventory

  • Each holder of an assessment certificate for the chemical
  • Anyone covered by an extension to the certificate
  • Each confidence holder

Like now, there will be an option to apply for the chemical to be listed confidentially on the AICIS Inventory.

We'll publish more guidance about this as we head towards the new scheme.


Confidential listing if you apply for a certificate under NICNAS but we issue it under AICIS

You can still apply for confidentiality when your chemical is due to be listed.Once you get the assessment certificate you'll have the option of early listing on the Inventory, otherwise the standard 5 year non-listing period applies.

We'll contact you before the chemical is due to be listed on the Inventory. At this point you'll have the option to apply online for the chemical to be confidentially listed on the Inventory. If we grant confidentiality, your chemical will not be searchable on our website and we won't publish any details about it.

Like now, anyone with a genuine intent to import or manufacture the chemical will be able to make a request via our Business Services site to search for confidentially listed chemicals on the Inventory.


I want my assessed chemical to be confidential but it's not due for listing until 1 July 2020

If you hold a NICNAS assessment certificate and your chemical will be listed on the Inventory under AICIS, you will be able to apply for your chemical details to be confidentially listed on the Inventory.

You can only apply after we contact you to let you know that your chemical is due to be listed on the Inventory. If we grant confidentiality, your chemical will not be searchable on our website and we won't publish any details about it.

Anyone with a genuine intent to import or manufacture the chemical can make a request via our Business Services site to search for confidentially listed chemicals on the Inventory.

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Last update 5 December 2019