Australia Cosmetic Regulation

  •   10 Feb 2017
  •    Jo Zhou

     Australia Cosmetics Legislation

    Overarching Regulation
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990
    Competent Authority
    National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme  (NICNAS)
    Main Supporting Rules 
    16 Jul 1990Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    17 Sep 2007Cosmetic Standard 2007  
    29 Oct 1991Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991  

    Cosmetics in Australia are classified as industrial chemicals. Therefore cosmetics are controlled by “Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990”, the overarching regulation for industrial chemicals.

    Australian Government Department of Health empowers “National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)” to manage industrial chemicals (cosmetics). Importers/manufacturers have to register their business with NICNAS before importing/manufacturing cosmetics. New ingredients that are not listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) must be notified and assessed by NICNAS, unless exemptions apply.

    NICNAS is currently undergoing significant regulatory reform, and will be replaced by the new scheme “Australian Industrial Chemical Introduction Scheme (AICIS)” from 1 July 2018. The AICIS will initiate an evaluation of new chemicals by risk assessment and have broader monitoring and compliance power to reduce pre-market assessment of lower risk chemicals introductions and strengthen post-market surveillance.

    Contents

    Main Regulatory Framework to Control Cosmetic

    Regulations

    Functions

    Effective date

    Status

    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990

    Overarching regulation for industrial chemicals including cosmetics

    29 May 1991

    In force;

    Compiled on  Aug. 11st, 2015

    Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS)

    Database of existing chemical ingredients, if new ingredients are not on the list, notification will be required.

     

    In force

    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

    Implementation rules in respect of notification and assessment

    17 Jan 1990

    In force;

    Compiled on Jul. 1st, 2016

    Cosmetics Standard 2007

    Requirements for 6 kinds of special cosmetics

    17 Sep 2007

    In force; compiled on Aug. 1st ,2013

    Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991

    A product information standard on how information about ingredients is displayed on the label of the cosmetic product31 Oct 1993In force; complied on May 23th, 2008

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