Australia's definition of a cosmetic product is distinct from medicinal products. Manufacturers must check that their cosmetic product is compliant. Cosmetic products are defined by the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 & Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991. A cosmetic product is a substance or preparation that is intended for use on any external part of the human body including mucous membranes of the oral cavity & teeth that potentially alters body odours or changes it's appearance; used for cleansing the body, maintaining the body, perfuming or protecting the body.
If your product is manufactured for therapeutic use then you will need to make an application to register with the TGA in accordance with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. A therapeutic use is defined by the products intended use, if the product is intended to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, ailment, defect or injury in persons; or if the product is influencing, inhibiting or modifying a physiological process in persons; or the product may be testing the susceptibility of persons to a disease or ailment or influencing, controlling or preventing conception in persons; or testing for pregnancy in persons; or the replacement or modification of parts of the anatomy in persons. Also see: Scheduling of Medicines & Poisons & The Australian Register of Therapeutic goods (ARTG)
First, check that the chemicals you intend to use are registered with NICNAS, the administraitors of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). NICNAS assesses the health & safety of chemicals. They assess the potential risks associated with importing chemicals & also manufacturing industrial chemicals including cosmetics & all other products such as fuel, glues, adhesives, inks, dyes, house paint, cleaning agents & more. ASIC has secondary notifications & conditions. The National Occupational Health & Safety Commission NOHSC has approved criteria for classifying hazardous chemicals; see Information Safety Sheets & Safe Work Australia to search for concentration cut offs concerning restricted chemicals in Australia.
If you intend
to import any *new industrial chemicals into Australia or New Zealand, you'll need to register with NICNAS. You'll also need to register with NICNAS if importing any base cosmetic products or finished
cosmetic products &/or manufacturing of *new chemicals. An example is making soap through saponification. When using Australian manufacturers that are supplying all of the ingredients to manufacture your product(s), you won't be required to register with NICNAS. Secondary notifications may apply.
The labelling of cosmetics & Toiletries is subject to mandatory standards. Any substance intended for use in contact with any external part of the body. ACCC website is designed to give consumers, businesses & other interested parties a single entry point to information that helps to minimise risks associated with unsafe products. ACCC cover information about general consumer products. You will also find links to other agencies responsible for the safety of specific products, such as gas & electrical appliances, food or therapeutic goods.