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Cosmetics FAQs

What do these abbreviations/definitions mean?

ICNA Act Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
 
NICNAS Cosmetics Guidelines Provides guidance in plain English on the requirements under the ICNA Act and Cosmetics Standard.
 
ARTG Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, maintained by the TGA
 
TGA: Therapeutic Goods Administration, responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in Australia
 
NCCTG National Co-ordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods that published the, now superseded, Cosmetics Claims Guidelines
 
GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
 
AICS Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances, a list of existing industrial chemicals (including cosmetic ingredients) available for use in Australia, maintained by NICNAS
 
SPF Sun protection factor, the protection factor indicated on a sunscreen product container; an indication of the efficacy of a product in blocking UV radiation from the sun
 
UV Ultraviolet rays, a form of solar radiation
 
“Interface products” Products that have characteristics of both cosmetics and
therapeutics (medicines).
 

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