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Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Australian Allergy Certified™

Is allergic disease on the rise?

Allergic disease in Australia is a major public health problem. In developed countries allergies are on the rise, Australian & New Zealand are among the highest prevalence in skin allergy disorders world-wide. The impact of allergic disease affects billions of people, if SCA can help reduce chemical burden this is surely a step in the right direction.

In 2007 an estimated 4.1 billion, approximately 19.6% of the population have at least one type of skin allergy.  By 2050 it is predicted to increase by as much as 70% that's 7.68 million people or one in every four that suffer from at least one skin allergy. In Australia there is a general lack of appreciation towards the impact of skin diseases and how this affects the economy and a person's quality of life.

+ SCA aims to raise chemical awareness concerning skin allergies This is key to early detection and the control of allergic disease. 

What are the worst allergies?

According to an article by Allergy Capitol, allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema have alarming rates of incidence. Then there are insect bites, food allergies, anaphylaxis and drug allergies like vaccine allergy, chemical sensitivity, and undetermined allergies. The process of elimination calls for suffers to avoid key allergens and choose suitable products.

Safe Cosmetics Australia campaigns for a healthier future, one that excludes and restricts potentially harmful chemicals from cosmetics, personal care and everyday household products. Current legislation does not require growers, suppliers or manufacturers to test their products prior to sale. Some 10,000+ chemicals are available for use in Australian products, and many contain parabens that are known to damage the skin, further leading to skin irritation including eczema and dermatitis.

+ SCA is proud to introduce our newest certification seal Allergy Certified™ and Australian registered trademark.

How do brands become allergy-safe?

The Australian Allergy Certified™ seal identifies products that exclude and/or clinically tests their products containing known allergens. Each product is reviewed independently, brands submit a product ingredient declaration and a signed agreement. Where necessary dermal tests are required to confirm skin-safety and efficacy.

+ The top offending chemicals are published under Key Allergens that are known to trigger asthma, allergies and skin irritation. Products that contain these chemicals are required to exclude and/or restrict specific ingredients. Brands are required to submit a Product Ingredient Declaration that provides full disclosure, and/or brands can submit clinical test results. A report from a formulation specialist can also confirm that their product meets the highest standard for allergy-safe cosmetics, personal care and household products. Product and marketing claims are verified, SCA awards the appropriate seal.

Allergy disease is on the rise, who is at risk?

FACT - Asthma currently affects:
  • Two in every ten children
  • One in every ten adults
Did you know that there are some 80,000 chemicals available worldwide, and over 1,000 new chemicals produced every year?

FACT - Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) currently affects:

  • One in every ten children aged 6-7 years
  • One in every six children aged 13-14 years
  • Four in every ten adults

FACT - Eczema currently affects:
  • One in every six children aged 6-7 years
  • One in every ten children aged 13-14 years
  • One in every fourteen adults

Campaign Criteria


Why a drop shaped logo? We believe that every drop counts when it comes to purity and peace of mind. Australian Allergy Certified™ products are formulated 100% free from chemicals published under Key Issues. Products must also exclude and/or restrict of the top offending Key Allergens. Full disclosure including the percentage usage of restricted chemicals is required and/or dermal test results can be submitted over-riding the need to adhere to SCA's allergen standard.

Identifying products that are free from chemicals commonly known to trigger asthma, allergies and skin irritation is the first choice for allergy suffers, the sick or elderly, teenagers, babies and young children alike. Key Allergens are excluded, restricted and/or products are clinically tested to confirm the formulation is made safe® for allergy sufferers. Where products meet this criteria they are awarded SCA's Allergy Certified™ seal.

Allergy suffers, the sick or elderly, teenagers, babies and young children alike, can readily identify healthier products that are labelled with SCA's  Australian Allergy Certified™ seal. Marketing and advertising claims such as allergy and eczema safe, non-sensitising, clinically tested or formulated for sensitive skin are substantiated by SCA's allergy Certified standard. The chemicals listed under SCA's list of Key Allergens, forms the list of ingredients that are under scrutiny in addition to SCA's Toxic-Free criteria.

Ingredient Policy

Brands that care about your health, adopt a transparent ingredient philosophy that allergy sufferers can access at the point of sale. There are many common allergens including Methylisothiazolinone (MI) that are not suitable for allergy sufferer's. The criteria for our Australian Allergy Certified™ seal can be found under Key Allergens

The application process includes an independent document based review of all product ingredients. Brands submit product label claims, and marketing claims, as stated on the product label, packaging, website, advertising and marketing materials (see list of product claims here). Where a product utilises chemicals published on the list of Key Allergens, brands are required to restrict and/or submit full disclosure of the percentage usage and/or clinical tests, or a report from their formulation specialist confirming the nature of the formulation - each product formulation must be made safe® for allergy suffers and sensitive skin.

+ Where a product excludes the chemicals that are published under the top offending chemicals: Key Issues and Key Allergens , a given product meets SCA's chemical criteria. Furthermore, where a given product, and the brands marketing materials do Not claim to be ideal for allergy sufferers or sensitive skin types, products meet SCA's product claim criteria - no further documentation is required. See the list of Product Claims assessed.

Product Claims

In today's cosmetic market, product claims are often marketing hype. Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) aims to raise the standard on chemical use in cosmetics and common marketing claims. Substantiating SCA's criteria with science and common sense, is key to consumer health & safety. Where a product claims to be allergy and eczema safe, non-sensitising, clinically tested or formulated for sensitive skin - these claims can now be verified by a third party and awarded our Certification seal of approval.

Brands can verify their marketing claims by submitting documentation such as clinical test results, or a report a formulation specialist. Dermal tests can confirm the true nature of a product formulation, clinical tests and/or the restricted use of chemicals is essential to meet SCA's Australian Allergy Certified™ seal.

Substantiating product claims allows consumers to TRUST brands that care. Approved products are awarded our trusted campaign seal Allergy Certified™. This signifies that the brand's formulations are compliant with SCA's campaign criteria by considering all of the Ingredients FIRST™ - Tried, Tested and independently reviewed by Safe Cosmetics Australia's brands care about consumer health, the environment and animals.

+ Brands sign a legally binding agreement to maintain toxic-free, allergy-safe formulations that are not tested on animals.