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Cosmetics

The TGA only assesses cosmetic products that make therapeutic claims.

Many ingredients in cosmetic products are classed as industrial chemicals and the National Industrial Chemicals Notification Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) must be notified of all cosmetics that contain industrial chemicals new to Australia.

In September 2007, a new framework for the regulation of cosmetic products was implemented following amendments to the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989. This Act is administered by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The Act legally underpins the Cosmetics Standard 2007 and this Standard is supported by the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines 2007.

To assist with facilitating this new regulatory framework, on 11 June 2008 the TGA adopted a new Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Order No. 1 of 2008. On 31 May 2011 Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Order No. 1 of 2008 was revoked by Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Order No. 1 of 2011.

Enquiries about the regulation of cosmetic products should be directed to NICNAS in the first instance.

Content last updated: Thursday, 1 September 2011

Content last reviewed: Thursday, 1 September 2011

Web page last updated: Thursday, 5 September 2013

URL: http://www.tga.gov.au/industry/cosmetics.htm