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Cosmetics Standard

You must comply with the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 AND the Cosmetics Standard 2007 if you import and/or manufacture any of the following products for commercial purposes.

The Cosmetics Standard 2007 contains definitions and performance requirements for secondary sunscreen products, as well as standards for the presentation of these six product categories to consumers in Australia. For example, a cosmetic that contains sunscreen for a secondary purpose must not be represented as a primary sunscreen.

1. Face and nail
2. Skin care
3. Skin care
4. Skin care
5. Oral hygiene
6. Hair care

Cosmetics containing sunscreen

All cosmetics containing sunscreen must comply with a relevant Australia/New Zealand Sunscreen Standard. The Sunscreen Standard provides rules for how sunscreens (both cosmetic and therapeutic) should be tested for efficacy and how they can be presented to consumers. For example, the tested SPF of a sunscreen must be equal to or higher than the SPF stated on the product's label, and must be within the same category description as the SPF stated on the label.

In 2013 the Cosmetics Standard 2007 was updated in line with the revised 2012 Australia/New Zealand Sunscreen Standard (2604:2012). A cosmetic secondary sunscreen product can be compliant with EITHER the 1998 or 2012 Sunscreen Standard until 1 August 2018. After this date, only the revised 2012 Sunscreen Standard applies. Read more about the changes to cosmetic secondary sunscreen products in the Sunscreen Standard.

The Sunscreen Standard is available for purchase from Standards Australia.

Active ingredients permitted for use in therapeutic sunscreens may also be used in cosmetic sunscreen products.

Anti-bacterial skin products

To provide more guidance on the Cosmetics Standard 2007 for anti-bacterial skin products we have prepared a list of statements and phrases that may be used on cosmetic anti-bacterial skin products.


Cosmetics Standard 2007

Schedule 1—Standards

(section 4)

ITEM /
PRODUCT CATEGORY

PRODUCT TYPE

STANDARDS

1 Face
and nail

1.1 Tinted bases or foundation (liquids, pastes or powders) with sunscreen

1.2 Products intended for application to the lips with sunscreen

For a product imported into, or manufactured in, Australia before 1 August 2018, both:

(a) the product must be a secondary sunscreen product within the definition of secondary sunscreen product in:

  1. (i) AS/NZS 2604:1998; or
  2. (ii) AS/NZS 2604:2012; and

(b) any protection factor or equivalent category description stated on the product’s label must be in accordance with:

  1. (i) clauses 6.2 and 6.3 of AS/NZS 2604:1998; or
  2. (ii) clauses 5 and 6 of AS/NZS2604:2012.

For a product imported into, or manufactured in, Australia on or after 1 August 2018, all of the following:

(a) the product must be a secondary sunscreen product within the definition of secondary sunscreen product in AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(b) any protection factor or equivalent category description stated on the product’s label must be in accordance with clauses 5 and 6 of AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(c) if the product’s label states a protection factor, the label must meet the requirements of clauses 7.1 and 7.3 of AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(d) the product must meet the performance requirements for a broad‑spectrum product set out in:

  1. (i) Table 1 in clause 5.2 of AS/NZS 2604:2012; and
  2. (ii) clause 6.3 of AS/NZS 2604:2012.

2 Skin care

2.1 Moisturising products with sunscreen for dermal application, including anti‑wrinkle, anti‑ageing and skin whitening products

2.2 Sunbathing products (eg oils, creams or gels, including products for tanning without sun and after sun care products) with a sun protection factor of at least 4 and not more than 15

For a product imported into, or manufactured in, Australia before 1 August 2018, all of the following:

(a) the product must be a secondary sunscreen product within the definition of secondary sunscreen product in:

  1. (i) AS/NZS 2604:1998; or
  2. (ii) AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(b) the product must:

  1. (i) not be presented as having a sun protection factor of more than 15; and
  2. (ii) not be presented as water‑resistant; and
  3. (iii) if it is not stable for at least 36 months—include an expiry date or use‑by date on its label; and
  4. (iv) have a pack size not larger than 300mL or 300g; and
  5. (v) not have a therapeutic claim, including any representation about skin cancer, made for it;

(c) any representation in connection with the product about premature skin ageing linked to sun exposure may be made only if the product meets the performance requirements for a broad‑spectrum product set out in:

  1. (i) clause 7.2 of AS/NZS 2604:1998; or
  2. (ii) both:
    1. (A) Table 1 in clause 5.2 of AS/NZS 2604:2012; and
    2. (B) clause 6.3 of AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(d) any protection factor or equivalent category description stated on the product’s label must be in accordance with:

  1. (i) clauses 6.2 and 6.3 of AS/NZS 2604:1998; or
  2. (ii) clauses 5 and 6 of AS/NZS 2604:2012.

For a product imported into, or manufactured in, Australia on or after 1 August 2018, all of the following:

(a) the product must be a secondary sunscreen product within the definition of secondary sunscreen product in AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(b) the product must:

  1. (i) not be presented as having a sun protection factor of more than 15; and
  2. (ii) not be presented as water‑resistant; and
  3. (iii) if it is not stable for at least 36 months—include an expiry date or use‑by date on its label; and
  4. (iv) have a pack size not larger than 300mL or 300g; and
  5. (v) not have a therapeutic claim, including any representation about skin cancer, made for it;

(c) the product must meet the performance requirements for a broad‑spectrum product set out in:

  1. (i) Table 1 in clause 5.2 of AS/NZS 2604:2012; and
  2. (ii) clause 6.3 of AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(d) any protection factor or equivalent category description stated on the product’s label must be in accordance with clauses 5 and 6 of AS/NZS 2604:2012;

(e) if the product’s label states a protection factor, the label must meet the requirements of clauses 7.1 and 7.3 of AS/NZS 2604:2012.

3 Skin care

Antibacterial skin products

The product must:

(a) be presented as being active only against bacteria; and

(b) not be presented as being:

  1. (i) active against viruses, fungi or other microbial organisms (other than bacteria); or
  2. (ii) for use in connection with disease, disorders or medical conditions; or
  3. (iii) active against a named bacterium that is known to be associated with a disease, disorder or medical condition; or
  4. (iv) for use in connection with piercing of the skin or mucous membrane, for cosmetic or any other purpose; or
  5. (v) for use in connection with any procedure associated with the risk of transmission of disease from contact with blood or other bodily fluids; or
  6. (vi) for use before physical contact with a person who is accessing medical or health services, or who is undergoing any medical or health care procedure; or
  7. (vii) for use in connection with a procedure involving venipuncture or delivery of an injection

4 Skin care

Anti‑acne products (including spot treatments, cleansers, face scrubs and masks)

The product must be presented as controlling or preventing acne only through cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating or drying the skin.

5 Oral hygiene

Products for care of the teeth and the mouth (eg dentifrices, mouth washes and breath fresheners)

Both:

(a) the only benefits claimed to result from the use of the product must be consequential on improvements to oral hygiene, including for the prevention of tooth decay or the use of fluoride for the prevention of tooth decay; and

(b) benefits in relation to other diseases or ailments, eg gum or other oral disease or periodontal condition, must not be claimed to result from use of the product.

6 Hair care

Anti‑dandruff products

The product must be presented as controlling or preventing dandruff only through cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating or drying the scalp.

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