Labelling cosmetic ingredients
Last update 12 January 2017
NICNAS does not set or enforce labelling requirements for cosmetics in Australia.
For more information, visit the websites of the agencies responsible for overseeing each labelling requirement, or contact those agencies directly to make enquiries.
Mandatory standard for ingredient labelling
All suppliers – including manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers – must comply with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) mandatory standard for ingredient labelling on cosmetics.
Under the Australian Consumer Law, the ACCC can also take action against misleading or deceptive claims on cosmetic product labels.
Where industrial chemicals pose a hazard and are used in consumer products, including cosmetics, there may be a requirement for the label to indicate the hazard posed by these chemicals.
If your chemical is listed in a schedule of the Poisons Standard (SUSMP), legal requirements for warning or safety statements apply.
The appropriate poisons schedule and label statements are determined by a number of factors including the toxicity, sensitisation and irritation potential of the chemical, as well as the proposed concentration and use of the product.
Products that make therapeutic claims—such as those presented as preventing, diagnosing, curing or alleviating a disease, ailment, defect or injury in people—are subject to the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Finally, the National Measurement Institute (NMI) administers regulations that stipulate labelling requirements relating to measurement marking and packer's identification.
The NMI provides useful Guides to the National Trade Measurement regulations including the Guide to the sale of pre-packaged goods (PDF, 944 KB) and the Guide for market stallholders and roadside traders (PDF, 1.7 MB).