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
There are a few things you need to know before starting.
- NICNAS doesn’t regulate therapeutic goods. These are products which change or claim to change the way the human body works. You can read about the differences. If a product is a therapeutic good, it isn't a cosmetic.
- We don’t ban ingredients in products. We can restrict the concentrations you can use and put other conditions on them you’ll need to follow. We’ve got detailed guidance about prohibited and restricted cosmetic chemicals.
- Most restrictions are in the Poisons Standard. The full name is the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons, or SUSMP.
- We don’t have anything to do with labelling cosmetics. We’ve put together a list of who you ought to contact if you need to know about labelling.
- We’ve got a specific definition of naturally-occurring. We’ve put together guidance explaining how our definition works.
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.
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?
- inside of the mouth
Last update 15 January 2020