Frequently Asked Questions- Cosmetic Regulations In Australia


1. Who regulates cosmetics in Australia?

Chemicals are regulated according to their use. NICNAS regulates the importation and manufacture of chemicals for 'industrial' use, which includes cosmetics and soaps. Chemicals for human therapeutic use, such as medicines, are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

NICNAS is being replaced by a new scheme called AICIS.


2. What is Business Registration in Australia?

Enterprises must register their business with NICNAS if they want to import and/or manufacture cosmetic products or cosmetic ingredients for commercial purposes.


3. What is AICS Checking?

The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is a database of more than 40,000 industrial chemicals that can be manufactured or imported (introduced) into Australia.


4. What is the role of Human Health Tier I Assessment?

The Tier I assessment takes into account both the intrinsic hazard of the chemical and potential human exposure.


5. Cosmetic Ingredients Labelling is prescribed by?

The mandatory standard for ingredients labelling on cosmetics is prescribed by the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Cosmetics) Regulations 1991.


6. Which are the two main categories of AICS?

AICS contains two categories: Public AICS and Confidential AICS.

7. What is the role of Industrial chemicals (Notification and assessment) Act 1989?

The role of Industrial chemicals (Notification and assessment) Act 1989 is, Overarching Regulation for Industrial Chemicals Including Cosmetics.