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Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Safe Cosmetics Australia an independent campaign?

Yes - SCA is an independent, self-funding & not-for-profit campaign. SCA is prompting many to question the beauty industry raising concerns for toxic chemicals used to formulate everyday products.

Our mission is to provide consumers with the information and identification required, to purchase products that are formulated with ingredients that aren’t known or suspected to cause harm to human health or the environment.

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Who can apply for certification?

The Toxic-Free List is for personal care and household products including skin care, bath and body care, baby care, beauty products, make-up, animal products and household cleaning agents.

How is Safe Cosmetics Australia funded?

SCA is built on a whole lot of passion & commitment! Without the support of brands that care about consumer health and the environment, The Toxic-Free Campaign would not be possible.  Funded by application fees, licensing and directory listings, the revenue raised is absorbed into basic administration and publishing costs. 

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How does SCA know that the accredited products are toxic free?
Companies published on the Toxic-Free List have meet SCA's criteria by disclosing all ingredients used to formulate each product that they manufacture. Australian cosmetic labeling laws require that all ingredients are stated on the product labels in descending order, from highest to lowest concentration. Where necessary, further product assessment is undertaken including submission of specification sheets and product tests. Products must meet SCA's list of Prohibited and Restricted Chemicals. Companies are required to sign their "Product Ingredient Declaration", stating to the effect that the information supplied is true and correct.
What process does SCA go through to develop the prohibited & restricted list of chemicals?
All ingredients are assessed individually for health and safety according to extensive research based on scientific literature and government data sourced locally and aboard. SCA continues to research and evaluate chemicals comparing tests carried out by leading Formulation and Production Chemists based in Australia to information published in the EU, USA and Canada by environmental working groups and scientific research companies. 

The list of prohibited and restricted chemicals is by no means complete, the chemicals of concern have been addressed by means of priority. The chemicals of immediate concern are published under KEY ISSUES. SCA will continue to assess and evaluate chemicals based on international concerns for health and safety.
What is the Toxic-Free List?
Companies published on the Toxic-Free List (TFL) have been reviewed by Safe Cosmetics Australia. All of their products meet SCA's criteria of excluding known toxic chemicals. SCA governs the terms "Australian Certified Toxic-Free, Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic Free Campaign ®, Made Safe ® & Made Safe Nontoxic Certified" - these terms are Registered & Accepted IP Australia Trademarks, use of SCA's trademarks & logo's without prior written consent is a breach of copyright and legal action may be pursued. See - Terms & Conditions.

How does SCA confirm that companies do not use toxic chemicals?
To apply for accreditation, companies must supply a full list of products they produce and the ingredients as stated on the actual product labels. Furthermore, companies may be requested to supply further documentation in order to verify the nature of their product ingredients. Products may be tested by SCA and companies must sign their "Product Ingredient Declaration" stating to the effect that the information supplied to SCA during the application process is the truth about their practices. Companies published on the Toxic-Free List pledge to maintain toxic-free formulations.