The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is a national inventory for industry and the public.

 

Containing more than 38,000 chemicals, it is a list of chemical identity data. It does not contain information on toxicity, use, manufacturers or importers. It consists of a non-confidential public section and a confidential section.

 

In 2007-08, a total of 207 requests were received to search the inventory.

 

As in previous years, most search requests were for less than 10 chemicals per inquiry (92 per cent, or 190 of the total). The remainder included 11 search requests for between 11 and 20 chemicals, five for between 21 and 50, and one for more than 50.

 

Since a fee was introduced by NICNAS in 2004-05 to search the non-confidential section of the AICS, the number of requests for these searches has dramatically decreased.

Only five were received in 2007-08.

 

AICS search requests over three years

 

 

Requests

Chemicals Searched

2005-06

162

521

2006-07

180

476

2007-08

207

821

 

Number of chemicals per AICS search request over three years

 

 

1-10

11-20

21-50

>50

 

 

% of total

 

% of total

 

% of total

 

% of total

2005-06

149

92

9

5

3

2

1

1

2006-07

174

97

5

2

1

1

 

 

2007-08

190

91.8

11

5.3

5

2.4

1

0.5