The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is Australia’s legal device that distinguishes new from existing chemicals. AICS is a listing of all industrial chemicals in use in Australia between January 1, 1977 and February 28 1990. In addition, it includes new assessed chemicals and corrections as required, as well as chemicals that were regulated by other Australian regulators and have since become industrial chemicals. The AICS is maintained under the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and contains approximately 40,000 chemicals.
The AICS is a list of chemical identity data and does not contain information on toxicity, use, manufacturers or importers. It consists of the non-confidential (public) section and the confidential section. 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 in, or imported into, Australia. Chemicals on the AICS can be imported or manufactured in Australia without first being notified to NICNAS as new chemicals, regardless of whether they have been assessed or not yet assessed by NICNAS.

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