Media Release - AICS NOW ONLINE


6 Jan 2004


The non-confidential section of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is now available on the NICNAS web site at www.nicnas.gov.au

This event meets demand from both local and international users of AICS to have it available through the Internet. The data will be updated every fortnight.

With the move from CD-ROM to the web, some services provided by NICNAS will change while others will remain the same or be enhanced. For example, fees for searching the non-confidential section will be introduced except for the public. Details can be found in the December issue of NICNAS matters.

AICS is the legal device that distinguishes new from existing chemicals in Australia. The AICS contains over 38,000 chemicals. It is a list of chemical identity data, and does not contain information on toxicity, use, manufacturers or importers. It is comprised of non-confidential (public) and confidential sections, and now has a new feature advising whether the chemical has been assessed or not.

Any chemical not included in AICS is regarded as a new industrial chemical unless it is outside the scope of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 or is otherwise exempt from notification. New industrial chemicals must be notified and assessed before being manufactured or imported into Australia.

AICS is a key NICNAS compliance tool and all importers or manufacturers of industrial chemicals are required to know whether their chemicals are on AICS or not. Chemicals not on the AICS must be notified to the regulator for assessment.



The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) operates under the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989.

NICNAS is a statutory scheme within the portfolio of the Minister for Health and Ageing. Its approach to the scientific assessment of chemicals covers toxicity, exposure and use to assess the environmental, public health and occupational health and safety risk. For more information see the web site www.nicnas.gov.au

Further information

Nick Miller, NICNAS, (02) 8577 8810 or 0407 228 285