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Want to know your next step after registering with us? Read our 'Basics of importing and manufacturing chemicals' page for full details.

I can't find my chemical on the Inventory

If you're having trouble getting a result when you search the Inventory for your chemical, the reason is one of the following:

  • it doesn’t need to be listed because it is:
    • a naturally occurring chemical
    • an alloy or hydrate
    • on our comparable chemicals list
  • you're searching using a trade name, INCI name or product name
  • it's listed on the Inventory (and available for introduction) but some of its information is protected (you can ask us to search to check)
  • the chemical is not currently available for industrial use in Australia and therefore not on the Inventory
  • you have entered an incorrect CAS number – for example it is not the correct CAS format or that number has not been assigned by CAS

Trade names, product and INCI names

The Inventory is a database of chemicals, not products, mixtures or formulations. Therefore it does not contain product names, trade or marketing names and rarely contains INCI or common chemical names. We recommend finding a CAS number or CAS name for each chemical that you want to search.

Naturally occurring chemicals

Introductions of naturally occurring chemicals do not need to be listed on the Inventory.

You can import or manufacture naturally occurring chemicals without telling us, as long as they meet our definition of 'naturally occurring'.

Alloys and hydrates

Alloys and hydrates do not need to be listed on the Inventory because they are both considered to be mixtures. You can import or manufacture them without telling us as long as their component chemicals are on the Inventory.

Is your chemical on our comparable chemicals list?

We've identified 16 chemicals that are not on the Inventory, but they're similar to chemicals that are on the Inventory. We have a list of these 16 chemicals that you can check.

If your chemical is on this list, it can be an exempted introduction - as long as you meet any terms and conditions for the comparable chemical that's already on the Inventory.

View the comparable chemicals list and see our examples

Confidentiality and the Inventory

Sometimes we list a chemical on the Inventory and it is not publicly available or searchable on our website.

This is because importers and manufacturers can request a confidential listing to protect their commercial interests. We apply strict criteria before we'll grant their request.

Can I ask AICIS to search for a chemical listed with confidentiality?

Yes. If you cannot locate a chemical on the Inventory and you are genuinely intending to import or manufacture it in Australia, you can ask us to search for the chemical.

Can I use a chemical that's listed with confidentiality?

Yes. The same rules apply for these chemicals - it's is available to import or manufacture as long you can meet any relevant regulatory obligations.

There is no fee to apply.

Apply to search for confidentially listed chemicals

Explore your introduction options if your chemical is 'new' to Australia

If your chemical is not on the Inventory, you'll need to work out whether it can be introduced under another category. Regulatory treatment will vary depending on your introduction's level of risk to human health and the environment.

Take a look at our Categorisation Guide getting started page

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