To allow industry early access to the outcomes of the cosmetics reforms, the Director NICNAS introduced interim arrangements on 1 February 2006 to regulate certain products that were therapeutic goods on a product-by-product basis, enforceable through an interim permit system.

 

Introducers were able to use an interim permit for cosmetic products. NICNAS required users to provide detailed information about the ingredients of their products and whether or not the chemicals were listed on the AICS. 

 

During 2006-07, NICNAS received a total of 215 applications and issued 216 interim cosmetic permits. Direct savings to industry during the year (in terms of regulatory costs) were conservatively estimated at $545,750.  Details of applications received and permits issued are at Figure 12.

 

Figure 12: Cosmetic applications received and permits issued in 2006-07

 

Product category

New products

Existing products

 

Applications received

Permits issued

Applications received

Permits issued

Moisturisers with secondary sunscreens

109

100

5

5

Antibacterial skin products

35

79*

2

2

Antidandruff products

10

11

0

0

Anti-acne cleansers

4

2

1

1

Antiperspirants

16

16

0

0

Total

174

208

8

8

   * Many of these permits were for applications received in 2005-06.

 

No applications were received under interim arrangements for primary sunscreens SPF<4.