An independent review of regulation of products at the cosmetic/therapeutic interface was commissioned jointly by NICNAS and the TGA in 2004-05, and a draft discussion paper, Review of the regulation of products at the interface between cosmetics and therapeutic goods was published in March 2005 for public comment.

Eighty-five written responses to this were received from a wide range of stakeholders including representatives of industry, consumers, regulators, medical practitioners and healthcare interest groups. There was overwhelming support for the proposed reforms from a majority of respondents.

The Government response to the independent review was published on 1 November 2005, Regulation of cosmetic chemicals: Final report and Recommendations.

The Cosmetic Reforms Implementation Working Group (IWG) was established to finalise the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines by:

o providing advice to the Director, NICNAS on the draft NICNAS Cosmetics Guidelines

o establishing a mechanism to list cosmetic chemicals that are already on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) on the AICS, where needed

o providing advice to the Director, NICNAS on the composition of, and draft terms of reference for, the Cosmetics Advisory Group, and

o providing advice on compliance outcomes for implementation of the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines.

The IWG was chaired by the Director, NICNAS and comprised of four industry representatives, three community representatives and representatives from the relevant government agencies (TGA, ACCC and NICNAS).

The Working Group met twice in 2005-06: in March and June 2006. All Terms of Reference were addressed and completed at the second meeting.

Cosmetic Reforms Implementation Working Group Membership as at 30 June 2006 and attendance at 2005-06 meetings

Members

Representing

20 March 2006

26 June 2006

Dr Margaret Hartley (Chair)

NICNAS

P

 

Ms Dusanka Sabic

ACCORD

P

P

Ms Bronwyn Capanna

ACCORD

P

P

Mr Craig Sinclair

Cancer Council of Victoria

P

P

Mr Paul Archer

TGA

P

P

Mr Ray Maio

ASCC

P

P

Dr Liz Hanna

NICNAS CEF

P

 

Mr Kerry Ashbolt

ACCC

 

P

Ms Rosemary Nixon

Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre

P

P

Mr Jonathan Breach

ASMI

P

P

Dr Roshini Jayewardene

NICNAS

P

P

Dr Naomi Degabriele

NICNAS

P

P