AUSTRALIA’S NEW COSMETIC INGREDIENT ASSESSMENT

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Australia's New Cosmetic Ingredient Assessment

We all know the Australian regulation for the use of cosmetic ingredients has been weak, scrawny and confusing.

So when I heard the news that the Australian Parliament has passed a new law that simplifies the regulation and assessment of cosmetic ingredients, I was over the moon.

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The Australian regulation of ingredients previously used in cosmetic products has been split between the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the National Industrial Chemicals Scheme (NICNAS). Such a situation “has been confusing for consumers and a burden on industry,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, welcoming the vote of the law changing the requirements applicable to the notification and assessment of industrial chemicals.

To simplify things, “The new legislation will cut red tape, eliminate overlapping regulation between agencies and better protect public health,” she added.

Without all the complicated parliamentry jargon, in short, it means that the TGA will transfer the monitoring of ingredients used in cosmetic products onto the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).

“For industry this new law will mean that the ingredients in their products will automatically be included in the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) without requiring further assessment by NICNAS,” explained Catherine King. “The passing of the new laws completes the government’s cosmetics regulatory reforms which we began in 2007.”

This is much welcomed news. As explained by Ms King, consumers now can “find information in one place about the regulation of cosmetic ingredients, including the assessment of ultra-violet filters in secondary sunscreen products, which are one group of the cosmetic ingredients transferred to NICNAS under the cosmetic reforms.”

The new law also removes the need for NICNAS to prepare and publish a summary report for each chemical assessment as NICNAS now publishes the full public report for each assessment on the NICNAS website.

Article contributed by Felicia Ruggermount

 

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