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Step 0: Introductions that are in the listed category

Start by searching our Inventory

The Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (Inventory) is an online database of industrial chemicals that are being manufactured or imported into Australia. Start by checking whether your chemical is listed on the Inventory.

If you have a mixture or product that contains more than one chemical, you must search for each one separately.

If you know your chemical's CAS number or CAS name

Search the Inventory using your chemical's CAS number. If you don't know the CAS number or the chemical does not have an assigned CAS number, search the Inventory using the chemical's CAS name (using the keyword search).

Note: Some common names for chemicals are on the Inventory but your results will most likely be a very broad list of candidate chemicals.

If you don't know your chemical's CAS number or CAS name

Ask your chemical identity holder (for example, your supplier) if they can give this to you. If they're unable to give this to you because it is proprietary information, try asking them to search the Inventory on your behalf. If they find the chemical on the Inventory, you should ask them to tell you if there are any terms or conditions described on the Inventory listing for your chemical.

Search the Inventory

Are you making or selling soap? 

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 Before you continue below, see our guidance on our Soap making and importing page

 

No search results or too many results

Did you search using the chemical's CAS number or CAS name?

If no, then we recommend that you search using the chemical's CAS number (preferably), or CAS name. This is because the Inventory rarely contains trade names, INCI names or product names.

Ask your chemical's supplier or manufacturer if they can provide the CAS number. Otherwise ask for the chemical's CAS name. You may also want to try https://commonchemistry.cas.org/

If yes, then check if it is one of these reasons:

  1. The chemical meets our legal definition of a naturally occurring chemical - chemicals that meet this definition do not need to be on the Inventory.
  2. It’s a mixture (such as an alloy or hydrate) – the Inventory only contains names of chemicals, not mixtures.
  3. You entered an incorrect CAS number or it doesn’t match the CAS number format. For example you may have added a space between the numbers or hyphens.
  4. You entered an outdated CAS number. Sometimes CAS replaces a chemical’s CAS number with a new one, so you need to make sure that you’re using the updated CAS number. You can check if you have an up-to-date CAS number for your chemical by searching chemical databases such as ChemIDPlus and SciFinder-n.

Still no result after searching the chemical's CAS number?

You can ask us to check if your chemical is confidentially listed on the Inventory. This is because there are some chemicals that are listed on the Inventory where the CAS name and CAS number are protected as confidential business information (CBI). If it is not confidentially listed on the Inventory, then you must proceed to Step 1 of the Categorisation Guide to work out your chemical introduction category.

Trade names, product names 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. For example:

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Search using the CAS number or name

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Don’t search using trade or common names

107-21-1 / 1,2-Ethanediol
57-55-6 / 1,2-Propanediol
Antifreeze
144-55-8 / Carbonic acid, monosodium salt Baking soda
77-92-9 / 1,2,3-Propanetricarboxylic acid, 2-hydroxy- Citric acid
9005-25-8 / Starch Corn starch
7487-88-9 / Sulfuric acid magnesium salt (1:1) Epsom salt
56-81-5 / 1,2,3-Propanetriol Glycerine
8000-28-0 / Essential oils, lavender Lavender oil
13463-67-7 / Titanium oxide (TiO2) Liquid paper
1310-73-2 / Sodium hydroxide (Na(OH)) Lye
68917-75-9 / Oils, wintergreen Wintergreen oil

Important: These CAS numbers are examples only. It is the introducer’s responsibility to correctly identify and know the chemistry of their introductions.

Naturally occurring chemicals

Introductions of naturally occurring chemicals do not need to be on the Inventory. You can import or manufacture naturally occurring chemicals without telling us, as long as they meet our definition of 'naturally occurring'.

Mixture

A mixture contains 2 or more component chemicals that don’t react. You need to search the Inventory for each component chemical that make up the mixture, not the mixture itself. You can import or manufacture the mixture as long as their component chemicals are on the Inventory and you follow the regulatory obligations.

If you find your chemical on the Inventory

If you get a match, click on the link to view the chemical identity information and any regulatory obligations associated with that chemical. Take note of the information you see on the listing page and see the descriptions below to find out what to do next.

If your chemical is on the Inventory without specified regulatory obligations

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This is when the chemical's 'Inventory terms of listing' only describes chemical identity information like the CAS name and CAS number and does not specify any requirements, conditions or a ‘defined scope of assessment’.

Your introduction is categorised as listed.  Skip to 'Your obligations after categorisation'.

 

If your chemical is on the Inventory with a specific information requirement

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Your introduction is categorised as listed but you must submit information about your introduction under certain circumstances. Skip to 'Your obligations after categorisation' to learn more.

If your chemical is on the Inventory with a defined scope of assessment

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If your introduction is within the parameters of the defined scope of assessment, then your introduction is categorised as listed. Skip to 'Your obligations after categorisation'.

If your introduction is outside the parameters of the defined scope of assessment, you must do one of the following before you can introduce the chemical:

If your chemical is on the Inventory with a condition of introduction or use

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If you plan to introduce the chemical within the boundaries of the specified conditions, then your introduction is categorised as listed. Skip to 'Your obligations after categorisation'.
If your introduction does not meet the conditions, you cannot introduce the chemical unless you submit an application and receive approval. Next step: apply to vary the Inventory terms of listing (fee applies).

If your chemical is not on the Inventory

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If your chemical is not on the Inventory and you have confirmed that it isn't on the list under the heading 'No search results or too many results' then your introduction is not in the listed category. Proceed to Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported.

 

Next - Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported

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