Regulation of Cosmetics in Australia

Posted: 24 May 2022
Stephens Lawyers & Consultants


The importation, manufacture, advertising and supply of cosmetics in Australia is highly regulated and complex.   Before a cosmetic product or range can be launched in the Australian market – product assessment is required to determine the approvals and registrations required, trade mark and/or patent clearances should be undertaken to minimise the risk of infringing third party intellectual property rights and labelling, packaging and advertising should be reviewed for compliance with the Australian Consumer Law and relevant advertising codes.

The regulation of cosmetics in Australia is administered by three government regulators – the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian Government, Department of Health under the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Dealing with three regulators adds to the complexity and expense of getting cosmetics to market.

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