Is my product a cosmetic?

Cosmetics include a wide range of products. They include hair dyes, bath bombs, soaps, moisturisers, perfumes and lipsticks. We regulate the ingredients of cosmetics.

This questionnaire asks you 4 questions to help you work out if we consider your product to be a cosmetic.

  • Where the product will be used.
  • What the product does to the human body.
  • Why people use your product.
  • If any of your ingredients are on a list of poisons and medicines, the Poisons Standard.

Depending on your answers, we'll tell you if your product is a cosmetic or isn't a cosmetic. If it's a cosmetic, we regulate the ingredients.

We'll give you instructions about:

  • your obligations with NICNAS so you can legally import or manufacture (introduce) your cosmetic ingredients
  • who to contact to help you find out your other obligations for your product

Want to skip ahead to the questionnaire? Do this only if you’re comfortable with how we define cosmetics.

There are a few things you need to know before starting.

There’s a list of exceptions you’ll need to check before you proceed. They're products that aren't therapeutic goods. The TGA maintains this list. It calls it the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination (EGD). You’ll want to check your product against sections 1 and 2. If the section lists your product as not being a therapeutic good, your product may be a cosmetic. However, it would still need to meet our criteria. Remember what EGD told you when you answer the questionnaire.

Question 1

For our definition of a cosmetic, it's important where the product will be used.

Will your product be used on any of the following?

  • skin
  • hair
  • nails
  • teeth
  • inside of the mouth

Last update 15 January 2020