Labelling cosmetic and soap products

We don't set or enforce labelling requirements for cosmetics in Australia and cannot provide specific advice. But here are useful information for makers, importers and sellers of cosmetics and soaps.

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General product labelling requirements

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Cosmetic ingredient labelling

All suppliers including manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers must comply with the mandatory standard for ingredient labelling of cosmetics. Contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for more information.

Requirements for labelling and containers

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. Contact the Chemicals Scheduling Secretariat in the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) or your state/territory health department for more information.

Claims around preventing or curing health conditions

Products that claim to prevent, diagnose, cure or alleviate a disease, ailment or defect in people are considered therapeutic goods (not cosmetics). Contact the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for more information.

Measurement marking on packages

There are regulations that stipulate labelling requirements relating to measurement marking and packer's identification. Contact the National Measurement Institute for more information.

Last update 11 September 2019