Notification and Assessment of Industrial Chemicals
Cosmetics are subject to legislative regulatory requirements in almost every industrialised country. The manufacture and sale of cosmetic products is regulated by government bodies around the world each with their specific regulatory systems they share the common goal of ensuring that cosmetic products are safe and labeled properly. In Australian, the TGA transfers the monitoring of ingredients used in Australian
cosmetic products onto the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances
(AICS). A cosmetic product can generally be defined as “any substance or preparation for human use for the purpose of cleansing, beautifying or altering the appearance commonly to include personal toiletry products, such as hair shampoos and body lotions as well as beauty products and fragrances”. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King 2011“For industry this new law will mean that the ingredients in their products will automatically be included in the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) without requiring further assessment by NICNAS,” explained Catherine King. “The passing of the new laws completes the government’s cosmetics regulatory reforms which we began in 2007.”
This is much welcomed news. As explained by Ms King, consumers now can “find information in one place about the regulation of cosmetic ingredients, including the assessment of ultra-violet filters in secondary sunscreen products, which are one group of the cosmetic ingredients transferred to NICNAS under the cosmetic reforms.”Cosmetics and Therapeutic Goods
Quoted from NICNAS website here >> "In
Australia, chemicals are regulated according to their use. NICNAS
regulates the importation and manufacture of chemicals for 'industrial'
use, which includes cosmetics and soaps. Chemicals for human therapeutic use, such as medicines, are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)."