Four-part series on the science behind beauty products

The Australian Broadcasting Commission has published four articles on the ingredients in skin care products. Part 1 - what is an active ingredient (discusses vitamin C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, BHAs; Part 2 (retinol, tretinoin, retinaldehyde); Part 3 (chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser); Part 4 - collagen.

 

AICIS publishes "roadmap" for evaluating chemicals

This outlines the strategic approach for evaluating the human health and environmental risks of introducing and using industrial chemicals in Australia. The roadmap includes an explanation of what chemicals could be evaluated, evaluation goals and six action areas to achieve those goals, and targets for 2024 and beyond.     Source: AICIS here and here.

 

List of chemical evaluations in progress, under public consultation or recently completed

Includes the subject of the evaluation - typically the chemical name or chemical group name, reason for the evaluation, time it takes to do the evaluation, focus of the evaluation - chemical identity, and human health or the environment (or both), current status of the evaluation - for example, in progress, public consultation, completed, and amendments to the list of evaluation candidates.    Source: AICIS

 

What are the rules on using new animal test data?

Information sheet explains the key points about using animal testing data.    Source: AICIS

 

Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment

Six chemicals added in September 2021.    Source: AICIS

 

New Zealand News

General quantity labelling requirements

Describes labelling requirements for all packaged goods sold by weight, measure or number which must have their quantity marked or labelled using one of the units of the metric system.    Source: NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

 

Changes to the Fair Trading Act

New obligations on businesses and providing new protections for consumers and small businesses, prohibiting unconscionable conduct in trade, extending unfair contract terms provisions to cover standard form small trade contracts, and enabling people to direct uninvited direct sellers to leave or not enter their property.    Source: Commerce Commission of New Zealand

 

Report an Influencer Ad Identification Breach

Advertising content must be clearly identified, regardless of where it might be seen. This includes ad content posted by influencers. The Advertising Standards Authority has received over 200 complaints and enquiries since the release of the influencers AdHelp Information.    Source: Advertising Standards Authority.

RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Cosmetic or therapeutic? When does a cometic get regulated as a medicine, or a medical device? A new guidance document goes some way to clarifying this often grey area. You…

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Foods:

Failing food reports for September 2021 Risk food test results – aflatoxins, Salmonella and histamine continue to be commonly detected.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Surveillance…

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Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Update to remote GMP inspections during the pandemic. This includes a summary of the options for the Compliance Verification (CV) pathway and the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) pathway.    Source:…

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Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

AICIS publishes guidelines on “natural” and “organic” Is my ingredient natural? This is often a difficult question to answer. This guideline explains the AICIS position on “natural” including what extraction…

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Foods:

Sports foods containing DMAA It is already illegal for sports food brands containing DMAA to be sold. It has been included in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard which means…

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Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Therapeutic goods advertising compliance: 2020-21 Annual Report Summarises compliance outcomes including examples, infringements and court actions. 55% of complaints originated from consumers, 18% from other companies. We recommend all suppliers…

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