AICIS – Industrial Chemicals

Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) regulates the importation and manufacture (introduction) of industrial chemicals in Australia.

AICIS regulate chemicals (including polymers) introduced for an industrial use, such as in inks, paints, adhesives, solvents, cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning products, as well as in manufacturing, construction and mining applications. In Australia, chemicals are regulated under both state/territory and national laws.

At the national level, chemicals are regulated according to their use. There are 4 main regulatory authorities for chemicals - each focusing on a particular type of use. If your chemical has multiple uses, you must follow the requirements of each applicable Australian Government and State or Territory regulatory body.

AICIS define industrial use by exclusion. This means that an industrial use is any use that isn’t::
* an agricultural chemical product – as defined by the AgVet Code
* a veterinary chemical product - as defined by the AgVet Code
* use as a substance or mixture of substances prepared by a pharmacist or veterinary surgeon, or in the preparation of these – as defined by paragraph 5(4)(a) of the AgVet Code
* a therapeutic good – as defined by the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 or
* use as food for humans or animals, or in the preparation of it

An important note about use is that a chemical can have multiple types of uses. For each use your chemical has, you need to follow the regulations for each responsible regulator.