Cosmetic Regulations GMP Good Manufacturing Principles

The manufacture & sale of cosmetic products is regulated by government bodies around the world. Each with their specific regulatory systems, governments share the common goal of ensuring that chemicals & cosmetic products are used in accordance with health & safety laws. In Australia, cosmetic ingredients are classified as industrial chemicals, the terms "ingredients" & "chemicals" is used interchangeably throughout every cosmetic business, the media & government agencies. It is important to understand that all ingredients are chemicals & vice versa. GMP essentials include manufacturing your products in a suitable facility with equipment that is sanitised, air & water quality, temperature control & storage requirements. GMP embodies all aspects of manufacturing, once you've decided to make a product & start selling in Australia, it's important to do your research to understand cosmetic regulations in each country you intend to sell to. Although you do not need to register with a government agency in Australia or carry out safety assessments on the efficacy of your product, compliance is still important as is consumer confidence, which is where certifications play an important role. To get started, understanding how chemicals are regulated in Australia & how mandatory product labelling works, all chemicals a brand uses must be registered with NICNAS. If the product has a medicinal use or claims that the product can cure or change the skin in a particular way, then it may need to be registered with the TGA Therapeutic Goods Administration.


The following resources are being updated.

  • Australia & New Zealand

  • European Union

  • United States America

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