What does it mean to be endorsed by Safe Cosmetics Australia? The cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated. Independent organisations like Safe Cosmetics Australia voices consumer concern, furthermore empowering them with the knowledge to scrutinise product labels. SCA endorses brands that share a like-minded ingredient philosophy leaving out unnecessary chemicals. Consumers can look for SCA's trademarked campaign seals to choose products that are made without common irritants that are too often found in mainstream cosmetics and personal care products.
What is the campaign criteria? The campaign criteria is available on the website www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au for consumers to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge to avoid nasty chemicals that are linked to adverse health effects. Safe Cosmetics Australia established the first Toxic-Free List Est.2010, and today our trusted logo’s are readily identifiable on over 1,800+ brands and thousands of products sold every year. This figure is steadily growing, now in it’s tenth year we have over 100+ brands committed to the campaign and more than 30 brands working towards a Toxic-Free approach to formulating their products, soon to launch.
Why choose certified products? Independent
certifications makes it easier for consumers to find top rated, and
trusted products, that match their own health and beauty philosophy.
Safe Cosmetics Australia's campaign provides manufactures with
guidelines to formulate products that consumers seek. Ultimately
cosmetics should be made safe®
with quality ingredients, and never nasty chemicals that are known to
be carcinogenic or irritating potentially skin sensitising chemicals.
Australia does not have its own pharmacopoeia. This
is an official publication by a Government or medical or pharmaceutical
society, that lists medicinal drugs with their directions for their
use, it provides guideline usage and their effects. Australian manufacturers are advised by the TGA to rely on "any of the British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and United States Pharmacopoeia-National Formulary". Whilst NICNAS assesses the
risks of industrial chemicals, this is only after consumers have reported adverse
health issues relating to chemical use in everyday products. But how
many of us report skin irritation to authorities?
It is fair to say that
the issue of chemical safety is a massive problem, especially when
international authorities cannot agree on the toxicity of chemicals and provide guidelines in each country. In researching
specific chemicals that are widely used in cosmetics, personal care and
household products, science, manufacturers and government agencies are
divided. This means that some chemicals are banned or restricted in various
countries to various degrees, yet permitted in other countries without restriction on usage. This leaves
consumers wide open to adverse health issues and SCA with a campaign mission to raise awareness and endorse brands that consider consumer health first. See Key Issues and Key Allergens for more info.