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Cosmetics FAQs

Can a product be marketed both as a cosmetic and a therapeutic good?

The decision to market a product either as a cosmetic or a therapeutic good lies entirely with the company, as long as the product meets all of the relevant legislation. Products that are currently on the market as either exempt therapeutic goods or medicines on the ARTG can remain as therapeutic goods and will be under the regulatory jurisdiction of the TGA. If a company decides to market the same product as a cosmetic, it must meet the requirements of the ICNA Act and Cosmetics Standard (if applicable to the particular product). The NICNAS Cosmetics Guidelines provides guidance on the requirements under the ICNA Act and Cosmetics Standard.

The company can also choose to continue to market the product as a therapeutic good as long as it meets all TGA's legislative requirements for that particular product category. There is no prohibition on maintaining both versions of the product (therapeutic and cosmetic) on the market, as long as they each meet the relevant legislative requirements.

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