Overview of AICIS
A summary describing how the importation and manufacture (introduction) of industrial chemicals is regulated in Australia and obligations for businesses
Anyone who imports or manufactures (introduce) industrial chemicals - or products that release industrial chemicals - into Australia for commercial purposes must:
- register their business with us and pay a fee
- categorise each chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) into 1 of 5 categories
An 'introduction' refers to the industrial chemical and the specific circumstance of each importation or manufacture. This includes a range of factors including:
- whether the chemical will be imported, manufactured locally or imported for reformulation in Australia
- quantity of chemical being imported or manufactured
- the concentration of the chemical
- how the chemical will be used and whether it will be accessible to workers or the general public
- how the chemical will be disposed into the environment
You must register your business in any given registration year before you import or manufacture (introduce) an industrial chemical. Our registration year is 1 September to 31 August.
We publish a list of registered businesses on our website.
How to categorise your chemical introduction
Searching our industrial chemical database (Inventory) is your first step. You can do this on our website by entering the chemical's Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number or name. Each chemical that you want to introduce has to be authorised under 1 of the 5 main categories below. The Minister for Health can also authorise chemical introductions under exceptional circumstances.
Regulatory treatment depends on your introduction's level of risk to human health and the environment.