In Australia, cosmetics do not have to be submitted to any government agency before they are supplied. However there are some regulatory requirements that must be met. The individual ingredients must be listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) and must not be subject to a poisons schedule; labelling and packaging must comply with various standards for labels, weights and measures; and claims made must be cosmetic claims, not medical or therapeutic claims.

NOTE: Primary sunscreens, except colour fade products, having a claimed SPF of greater than 15 require listing as a 'Medicine' on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

What we can do for you:

Ingredient assessment

  • Undertake AICS searches for ingredient inclusions
  • Apply for an AICS exemption when and if required
  • Carry out applications to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) for inclusion in the AICS

Advice on restrictions

  • Check all your ingredients against the Poisons Schedule, or for quarantine or import issues
  • AQIS ingredient reviews and permit applications

Marketing requirements

  • Advise on labelling and packaging requirements
  • Review and prepare product claims
  • Ensure all marketing materials are compliant with regulations

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) liaison

  • Create company registration and annual reports
  • Prepare and submit Form 15 (including MSDS

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