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Cosmetics FAQs

Why has cosmetics regulation been reformed?

In Australia cosmetics are regulated by NICNAS and therapeutic goods (medicines) and devices by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Prior to these reforms, products were deemed to be cosmetics and not therapeutics through a process of exclusion by the TGA: that is, if the product was not a therapeutic, then it was a cosmetic. Under the current reforms, cosmetics are primarily defined through the ICNA Act, thus repositioning the regulatory responsibility for cosmetics with NICNAS, the cosmetics regulator.

The NICNAS Cosmetics Guidelines provides plain-English guidance on the requirements under the ICNA Act and Cosmetics Standard.

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