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Welcome to the website of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). We started on 1 July 2020. Read about us.

Basics of importing and manufacturing chemicals

Registration under AICIS

We consider importing an industrial chemical into Australia or manufacturing an industrial chemical locally as ‘introducing’ a chemical. If you introduce industrial chemicals - or products that release industrial chemicals - for commercial purposes, you must register your business with us and pay a fee

You must register your business in any given registration year before you import or manufacture an industrial chemical. Our registration year is 1 September - 31 August.

We publish a list of registered businesses on our website.

Our fees have changed to make it fairer for everyone. Your registration fees and charges are based your previous registration year’s total importation or manufacture (introduction) value, and are paid when our registration year ends. 

See also:

What is registration and who must register?

Introductions that don't require categorisation and registration

Categorise each chemical introduction 

Each chemical that you want to introduce has to be authorised under 1 of the 5 categories below. Regulatory treatment will vary depending on your introduction's level of risk to human health and the environment.

Searching our Inventory is your first step. You can do this by entering the chemical’s CAS number or CAS name in the search bar. 

If you’re having trouble getting a result for your chemical, see I can't find my chemical on the Inventory.

Our introduction categories

There are 5 categories available for introducing an industrial chemical in Australia. The Health Minister can also authorise chemical introductions under exceptional circumstances.

The introduction category for your chemical may change if the circumstances of your introduction of that chemical change. For example, if the amount of the chemical that you introduce each year increases, or there are new uses for the chemical, you will need to check whether the category of introduction has changed. An introduction is only authorised if it is correctly categorised.

A diagram of categorisation of industrial chemicals in Australia.

1. Listed introductions

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘listed’ means it is on our Inventory and already available for industrial use in Australia. You must be registered and meet any terms of the listing for that chemical.

You'll also need to:

  • keep records about the chemical and its use
  • submit an annual declaration

If you can’t meet the terms of the listing, you have other options available. See our detailed guidance on your Inventory search results. 

If you're sure the chemical introduction is not listed on the Inventory, you'll need to work out whether it’s authorised under any of the following categories.

2. Exempted introductions

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘exempted’ means we consider it to be very low risk to human health and the environment. You can introduce the chemical without telling us beforehand, as long as you’re registered with us.

You'll also need to:

  • keep records about the chemical and its use
  • submit an annual declaration
  • for some types of chemicals, you must submit a once-off exempted introduction declaration

3. Reported introductions

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘reported’ means we consider it to be low risk to human health and the environment. You must submit a once-off report before you start introducing it.

You'll also need to:

  • keep records about the chemical and its use
  • submit an annual declaration

If your chemical is categorised as a reported introduction and you are relying on an international assessment report, you can also apply for protection of information as confidential business information. 

4. Assessed introductions

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘assessed’ means we consider it to be medium to high risk to human health and the environment. It cannot be exempted or reported. We must assess your introduction and issue an assessment certificate before you can import or manufacture it. The chemical will be listed on the Inventory after 5 years (or earlier if you successfully apply for an early listing). We can also assess a chemical that you have introduced as an exempted or reported introduction if you want your chemical to be listed on the Inventory.

We publish information about each chemical we assess, including an assessment or evaluation statement.

You'll also need to:

  • keep records about the chemical and its use
  • submit an annual declaration

If your chemical is categorised as an assessed introduction, you must apply for an assessment certificate. You can also apply for protection of your confidential business information.

5. Commercial evaluation

Under this category, you can apply for a time-limited Commercial Evaluation Authorisation so you can test the chemical’s commercial viability in Australia.

You’ll also need to:

  • keep records about the chemical and its use
  • submit an annual declaration

Reporting and record-keeping requirements

This is a very important part of our new scheme. Every introduction category has different reporting and record-keeping requirements. Regardless of the category, you must submit an annual declaration at the end of every registration year. This is a declaration you make about the industrial chemicals you imported or manufactured in the previous registration year and confirms that your introductions were authorised under our laws.

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