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We've updated our guidance on NICNAS to AICIS transitional arrangements.

What is the Inventory and who must use it?

The Inventory is a database of industrial chemicals available for industrial use in Australia.

What is the Inventory?

The Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (Inventory) is a database of chemicals available for industrial use in Australia and it has a legal purpose. It contains chemical identity details (for example, the chemical name and molecular formula) and regulatory obligations or conditions relating to the importation and manufacture of chemicals in Australia.

The Inventory was sometimes referred to as 'AICS' under the old scheme, NICNAS. 

Who must use the Inventory

If you're planning to import or manufacture (introduce) an industrial chemical, or a product that releases industrial chemicals, you must register your business with us and search the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (Inventory) through our website.

What you need to know before you search the Inventory

You must search for each industrial chemical ingredient separately if you are introducing a product that has more than 1 industrial chemical. If you find your chemical is listed, you need to check if we've added any specific regulatory obligations or restrictions on the chemical.

Read about what your inventory search results mean   

Next go to our Inventory search page — it includes tips on how to search, information on what your search results mean and what to do if you can't find your chemical.

Download our information sheet

We've put together an information sheet to help you understand who needs to check the Inventory and what you will (and won't) see on an Inventory listing.

Click on the image to view and download the PDF file:

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