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 know your chemical's identity
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 identity
Ask your chemical identity holder (for example, your supplier) to search the Inventory for you. 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.
You’ll also need to keep a written undertaking from that person. It must confirm that they will provide the CAS name and CAS number (if assigned) for your chemical, if we ask for it.
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.
No search results or too many results
If you can't find your chemical on the Inventory, the reason is one of the following:
- You're searching a trade name, INCI name or product name - we recommend that you search using the chemical's CAS number
- You have entered an outdated CAS number.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 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.
- It doesn’t need to be listed because it meets our definition of a naturally occurring chemical.
- It’s a mixture (such as an alloy or hydrate) – the Inventory only contains names of chemicals, not mixtures.
- It's listed on the Inventory but the CAS name and CAS number are protected as confidential business information (CBI). You can ask us to check if your chemical is confidentially listed on the Inventory.
- The chemical is not on the Inventory because it is currently not available for industrial use in Australia unless it is authorised under one of the available introduction categories – go to Step 1 of the Categorisation Guide to work out which category applies to your introduction.
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'.
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.
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.
If your chemical is not on the Inventory
If your chemical is on the Inventory without specified regulatory obligations
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’.
If your chemical is on the Inventory with a specific information requirement
If your chemical is on the Inventory with a defined scope of assessment
- continue with this guide to work out your introduction category – go to Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported
- apply to vary the Inventory terms of listing (to change the parameters of the defined scope of assessment for that chemical's listing) and receive approval – fee applies