Prohibited or restricted cosmetic chemicals

Last update 7 December 2016

NICNAS does not prohibit or ban the use of chemicals, or maintain a list of chemicals prohibited or banned for use in cosmetics.

However, NICNAS does play a role in restricting the use of industrial chemicals by including:

Such chemicals can only be manufactured or imported in accordance with conditions of use and secondary notification conditions.

NICNAS also makes recommendations, which may be adopted through regulations, standards, and other mechanisms by other state, territory or Australian Government agencies.

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. Advice on the interpretation of the SUSMP and/or the legal requirements in a particular state or territory may be obtained from State and Territory drugs and poisons units.

It may be helpful to refer to these sources when determining if your product can be marketed as a cosmetic.