Prohibited or restricted cosmetic chemicals

Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP)

We don't:

  • have lists of approved chemicals
  • have a list of restricted or banned chemicals for use in cosmetics
  • ban the use of chemicals

We do:

  • restrict the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals by including conditions of use or secondary notification conditions on chemicals we assess. This means these chemicals can only be manufactured or imported under the conditions of use and secondary notification conditions.
  • make recommendations which may be adopted by other state, territory or Australian Government agencies through legislation, regulations and standards.

If the chemical you want to import or manufacture has conditions, they will appear when you search for your chemicals on our Inventory. Search our Inventory by typing in the CAS number or chemical name on any search bar of our website.

The most important source of information on restricted or prohibited chemicals is the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP), otherwise known as the Poisons Standard. The Poisons Standard relates to ingredients (chemicals) in consumer products. If you need help with the SUSMP or the legal requirements in a particular state or territory, contact State and Territory drugs and poisons units.

It may be helpful to refer to these resources when determining if you can market your product as a cosmetic.

Read more about banned or restricted chemicals

Last update 5 February 2019