What AICS will tell you

Last update 17 February 2017

AICS provides chemical identify information and regulatory obligations associated with that chemical. A chemical listed on AICS 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 AICS, you will need to notify us unless an exemption applies.

Chemical profile on AICS

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

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 AICS).
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.
Assessment status Have we assessed this chemical: Y/N. This field will only appear if the status is Y.If the chemical you have searched says 'Secondary notification conditions apply: Yes' read the related assessment report to find out what those conditions are or contact NICNAS before you import or manufacture the chemical as you may have legal obligations.
Condition of use When you open the AICS listing - if there is a condition of use it will it will be included here.

Regulatory information on AICS listing

The AICS 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 definition

A condition of use means the chemical can only be used for a specific purpose.  If your intended use for the chemical is different to the condition of use, it will need to be assessed as a new chemical before import or manufacture by us unless the chemical falls into an exemption category.

Learn more about conditions of use

Secondary notification definition

A secondary notification means a chemical may need to be reassessed if the circumstances under which it was originally assessed has changed including where:

  • A significant change of use or new use occurs
  • A significant increase in production occurs
  • New information arises on the hazardous properties of a chemical.

Learn more about secondary notifications

What the AICS listing won't tell you

The AICS does not contain information on:

  • chemical safety
  • 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.

Go to our Chemical Assessments section