Cosmetics - Call for Information
** Call for Information 2 February – 2 May 2010 **
This notice is directed to those persons or companies with an interest in products affected by the cosmetic reforms, i.e. those involved with chemicals in products previously regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), that are now regulated by NICNAS as cosmetics.
This notice applies ONLY:
This notice does not apply to:
NICNAS is seeking your assistance to provide information on cosmetic ingredients that were in commerce in certain products previously regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), in order to identify those chemicals that meet the criteria for recognition as an industrial chemical. The process for recognition as an industrial chemical involves three stages:
This call for information is Stage 1.
Reforms to the cosmetic-therapeutic interface took effect on 17 September 2007 with the introduction of the Cosmetic Standard 2007 under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment Act 1989 (the Act). That is, chemicals in some products that were previously regulated by TGA are now considered industrial (cosmetic) chemicals and are regulated by NICNAS. This includes chemicals in some:
The reforms are now in operation.
One consequence of the reforms is that obligations under the Act now apply to products which have moved from being therapeutics to cosmetics. In particular, these products may contain ingredients that are not listed on the AICS and are therefore new industrial chemicals. Such new chemicals generally require assessment before being imported or manufactured.
However, as a part of the cosmetics reform package, it was agreed that any change in regulatory requirements would not pose an unnecessary burden on industry, while maintaining or enhancing health and safety standards. Therefore it was agreed that chemicals in those products that were regulated as therapeutics and were in commerce up to the time of the legislative amendments would be recognised as industrial chemicals, subject to meeting eligibility requirements.
Criteria for chemicals eligible for recognition as an industrial chemical
Each of the following criteria must be met to be eligible for listing on the AICS:
Guidance material including the definition of a cosmetic is at http://www.nicnas.gov.au/Current_Issues/
Cosmetics/Cosmetic_Guidelines_PDF.pdf (PDF 100 kb)
and requirements for certain categories of cosmetics are included in the Cosmetic Standard 2007 at http://www.nicnas.gov.au/Current_Issues/Cosmetics/
Cosmetic_Standard_PDF.pdf (PDF 18 kb)
Indicative list of cosmetic ingredients
NICNAS has compiled an indicative list of chemicals that are potentially eligible for listing on AICS, divided into two sections:
This initiative was undertaken to provide a starting point to help industry nominate chemicals. It is important to note that your assistance and cooperation is needed to complete and verify eligibility against the criteria for listing on AICS.
What is the process for nominating chemicals to NICNAS?
Persons and companies are invited to nominate chemicals(s) on List A or B (provided in a downloadable form as part of the Nomination Form) and/or to nominate additional chemicals which may be eligible for listing on AICS.
Please do not nominate any chemicals that are already listed on the AICS. To search if a chemical is on the AICS, please go to http://www.nicnas.gov.au/Industry/AICS/Search.asp.
All nominations must be made in the Form (see link below), accompanied by the CAS name and CAS number of the chemical.
Synonyms may be provided if available, such as the INCI name. You must ensure that the INCI name corresponds accurately to the CAS name for that chemical. Some INCI names that are too broad (e.g. the ceramides) cannot be accepted, therefore, please provide more specific names for those chemicals.
What information do I submit to NICNAS?
How do I nominate the chemicals?
Please use the provided form:
Nominations will be accepted until 2 May 2010 (a period of three months).
Nominations can be provided to NICNAS in any of the following ways:
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