What the Inventory will tell you

AICS (the Inventory) is a database of more than 40,000 industrial chemicals that can be manufactured or imported (introduced) into Australia.

The Inventory holds the chemical identity information and regulatory obligations associated with that chemical.

A chemical listed on the Inventory can be imported or manufactured without notifying us provided it meets any relevant conditions.

If your chemical falls outside the scope of its stated purpose in the Inventory, you will need to notify us unless an exemption applies.

What the Inventory won't tell you

The Inventory does not contain information on:

  • chemical safety
  • hazard and physico-chemical properties
  • whether the chemical is scheduled in the Poisons Standard or classified as hazardous
  • products containing the chemical
  • businesses that import or manufacture the chemical
  • Australian and state/territory government laws and obligations around use and disposal

What are the roles of other government departments and agencies


I can't find my chemical in the Inventory

Tips on searching and using the Inventory


What does the Inventory look like?

You will find the following information on a chemical listed on the Inventory:

Information a chemical inventory search will provide
CAS number The substance’s unique numerical identifier (CAS number) assigned by the Chemical Abstracts Service
Chemical name The preferred substance name.
Associated names Common or other names that the chemical is known by (note this information is not displayed for all chemicals on the Inventory).
Molecular formula Identifies each type of element by its chemical symbol and identifies the number of atoms of each element found in one discrete molecule of the substance.
Secondary Notification conditions apply If YES,  you must contact us before you manufacture or import this chemical into Australia to find out if you have additional notification requirements. 
Condition of use When you open the Inventory(AICS) listing - if there is a condition of use it will it will be included here.

Regulatory information on the Inventory listing

The Inventory chemical listing will also tell you if a chemical has legal requirements (ie condition of use or secondary notification requirements) related to the manufacture or import of that chemical into Australia.

Conditions of use

Learn more about conditions of use

Secondary notification definition

Learn more about secondary notifications


NICNAS chemical assessments and reports

In the process of assessing new chemicals we published a range of detailed scientific reports. We also provide simplified versions for chemicals of interest to the community.

Go to our Chemical Assessments section

Last update 23 May 2018