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Cosmetics FAQs

What statements are NOT 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 statements are NOT permitted on a cosmetic antibacterial skin product (note this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Any statement regarding viruses, fungi, mould, yeast or any microbial organism other than bacteria

  • Any reference to a specific disease-causing bacterium such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella spp. etc.

  • “Harmful” bacteria

  • Bacteria that can/may cause disease or illness

  • Bacteria than can/may make you ill/sick

  • Prevents illness/disease/infection

  • Any reference to any specific disease

  • Antiseptic

  • Medicated

  • That the product can be used before physical contact with any person receiving medical or health care

  • Any reference to use of the product in medical or health care facilities that is not sufficiently qualified to limit the intended use and clearly exclude any clinical and/or surgical use

  • That the product can be used in connection with piercing the skin or mucous membrane, for any purpose

  • That the product can be used in connection with any procedure associated with the risk of transmission of disease from contact with blood or other bodily fluids

  • That the product can be used in connection with any procedure involving venipuncture or delivery of an injection.

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