Current consultations

Removal of non-industrial chemicals from the Inventory before the new scheme, AICIS, starts

Consultation open date:   3 December 2019
Consultation close date:  31 March 2020

Our new scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), starts on 1 July 2020. It will be governed by a new law — the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 (IC Act). The Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (the new Inventory) will replace the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (the current Inventory). Section 80 of the IC Act mandates that the new Inventory must only contain industrial chemicals.

At the moment, we believe that the current Inventory lists more than 1600 chemicals that are not — and are not likely to ever have been — industrial chemicals, and are (or have been) used solely as:

  • an agricultural chemical
  • a veterinary chemical
  • a medicine or therapeutic, or
  • a food or food additive

Chemicals used in this way are not industrial chemicals and are regulated by other agencies. Under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, these are called ‘excluded use’ chemicals.

We've prepared a list of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory that we believe do not have (and have not had) an industrial use and need to be removed.

View the list of chemicals we believe do not have (and have never had) an industrial use

We intend to remove from the current Inventory all chemicals on the list that have no industrial use before the new scheme starts. The AICIS Inventory will then contain chemicals used only for industrial purposes.

Request for information — do you know if any chemicals on our list has an industrial use?

If you're aware of any chemicals on our list that has an industrial use, we need to know.

The due date to submit information is 31 March 2020. You can use our online form (preferred method) to provide information to us.

Submit this form if you want to provide information to us about any industrial uses of the chemicals on the list

What will happen after 31 March 2020?

We will:

  • consider the information received
  • remove any chemical without an industrial use from the Inventory, and
  • publish a list of these chemicals on our website

We will not remove any chemical that has an industrial use as well as an excluded use.


December Chemical Gazette

You'll can read more background on this matter including more in depth information on relevant legislation in the December 2019 Chemical Gazette (publish date Tuesday 3 December).


Previous consultations on this issue

This is our third round of consultation. It follows our previous consultations on these chemicals, which we did under the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework.


Past consultations

Last update 3 December 2019