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Cosmetic Regulations in Australia

SpecialChem / Dr Annelie Struessmann – May 31, 2007

The Australian Government regulates the ingredients used in the manufacture and importation of cosmetics in Australia. The goal is to assure that cosmetic products are safe for the workers handling them, the environment and for use by consumers. Since 1990, the administrative body is the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme - NICNAS2 of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. NICNAS's role is to assess all industrially used chemicals, incl. cosmetic ingredients, new to Australia as well as chemicals already in use where there are concerns about their safety or sustainability. The basic framework for notification and assessmen of industrially used chemicals is the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989. This act guides also to detailed provisions for cosmetics through the definition: Cosmetic has the same meaning as cosmetic product has in the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991. This regulation specifies the requirements on labelling of cosmetics & toiletries.

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