Cosmetics - Your Online Guide
Labelling of cosmetics
The ACCC enforces the labelling of cosmetic products under the Competition and Comsumer Act 2010.
There are mandatory labelling requirements for the labelling of cosmetic
products manufactured in, or imported into, Australia. These
requirements are contained in a consumer product information standard in
the form of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, (the mandatory information standard) made under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
All suppliers – including manufacturers, importers, distributors and
retailers - must comply with the mandatory information standard, which
is enforced by the ACCC. Non-compliance with the mandatory information
standard is an offence under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and may result in
The mandatory information standard specifies that cosmetic products be
labelled with a list of ingredients so that consumers are able to
The ingredients of a cosmetic should be listed on
its container or on the product itself if the product is not packed in a
container. The mandatory information standard also sets out certain
requirements as to how the ingredients are to be listed.
A copy of the mandatory information standard has been included in the
ACCC publication, 'Product information – A mandatory standard guide:
cosmetics and toiletries – ingredient labelling', available from the
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