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Cosmetics FAQs

What statements ARE permitted on a cosmetic antibacterial skin product?

In accordance with the exclusion criteria for antibacterial skin products in the Cosmetic Standard 2007 and the NICNAS Cosmetics Guidelines, the following are examples of the types of statements permitted on a cosmetic antibacterial skin product (noting that the product is subject to the Competition and Consumers Act 2010, regarding performance and/or failure):

  • Antibacterial

  • Kills bacteria

  • Kills germs

  • Kills X% of bacteria/germs

  • Hygienic

  • For household use (including kitchen, bathroom, laundry, outdoors)

  • For use before handling food.

Please note that the product must also comply with all of the NICNAS cosmetic requirements (that apply to all cosmetic products). In particular, the context in which the product is marketed will also contribute to determining whether a product is considered a cosmetic.

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