The TGA only assesses cosmetic products that make therapeutic claims.
Ingredients in cosmetic products, even those described as 'natural', are regulated as industrial chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, which is administered by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).
To make sure that these products are safe for consumers, workers and the environment, the Australian Government assesses the risks associated with cosmetic products and/or ingredients manufactured or imported into Australia.
To find out if your product is a cosmetic regulated by NICNAS, please follow the process map provided by NICNAS.
To assist with facilitating this regulatory framework, on 11 June 2008 the TGA adopted Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Order No. 1 of 2008. On 31 May 2011 this Order was revoked by Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Order No. 1 of 2011.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.
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