Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sunscreens (but were too afraid to ask)

This article explains what to look for when choosing a sunscreen, and steps you can take to maximise your sun protection. If you live in Australia, your risk of skin cancer is high. Regular use of sunscreen should be a habit for every Australian.   Source: Sunscreen sense

TGA Issues Guidance on Sunscreen Manufacturing

In Australia, many sunscreens are regulated as therapeutic goods because of their important role addressing public health issues. Sunscreens that are regulated as therapeutic goods under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 are referred to as 'therapeutic sunscreens'. Included in this category are: primary sunscreens with SPF 4 or more; secondary sunscreens - except those regulated as cosmetics; primary or secondary sunscreens with SPF 4 or more that contain an insect repellent; and, sunscreens with SPF less than 4 that are exempt from being listed under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 because they come within an exemption.    Source: Manufacturing sunscreens

NICNAS Announces New Fees Effective From 1 August 2019

The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) regulates the use of all industrial chemicals including those used in cosmetics. The full costs of administering NICNAS are recovered through fees and charges paid by industrial chemical importers and manufacturers. New fees starting on 1st August 2019 can be found here: NICNAS new fees

Reminder: NICNAS to be Replaced by AICIS

Far reaching legislative changes are underway in relation to the regulation of industrial chemicals in Australia. A new regulatory scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), is being implemented. AICIS will replace and simplify the current National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). AICIS will commence on 1 July 2020. On the same date, a ban will commence on the use of new animal test data for ingredients which are only used in cosmetics.   Source: AICIS to replace NICNAS

Court Finds Kimberly-Clark Did Not Mislead Consumers with 'Flushable' Claims

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) had alleged that in describing its products as ‘flushable’ on product packaging and its website, Kimberly-Clark had misled consumers about the suitability of its wipes to be flushed down the toilet. However, the Court found that Kimberly-Clark’s claims were not false or misleading. The Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to show that Kleenex Cottonelle ‘flushable’ wipes in this case, as opposed to ‘wipes’ products more broadly, had contributed to the problems in municipal sewerage systems. The Court noted that Kimberly-Clark did not expect its wipes to fully disperse in the sewerage system and that Kimberly Clark’s wipes had inferior properties of breakdown and dispersion than toilet paper. The Court noted this was consistent with a conclusion the wipes posed a risk of harm to the sewerage system but there was insufficient evidence this harm actually occurred, except in limited circumstances.   Source: Flushable wipes tested

Unilever All in a Sweat Over New Player's 'Clinical' Efficacy Claims

The Federal Court recently examined whether representations alleged by Unilever to have been made by Beiersdorf about Beiersdorf’s Nivea ‘Stress Protect Clinical Strength’ deodorant were false, misleading or deceptive under the Australian Consumer Law. Whilst Unilever was ultimately unsuccessful, the case provides useful guidance on the use of the term ‘clinical’ as a product descriptor and what sort of scientific substantiation is required to support a ‘clinical’ claim. Unilever has appealed the decision!    Source: Laura Hartley & Sarah Best, Addison’s Lawyers 'Clinical' efficacy test

RFA Breaking News

Complementary medicines ('Dietary supplements')

  When Does Disease Education Stray Into Product Promotion? This TGA guidance is to assist providers of disease education activities (including sponsors, health professionals, pharmacies, peak organisations and community educators)…

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Foods

  Proposal to Prohibit the Retail Sale of Pure and Highly Concentrated Caffeine Products As previously reported in the July and September 2019 editions of this newsletter, there has been…

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Cosmetics and TGA Listed Sunscreens

There is no Cosmetics news to report this month, but if you haven’t already seen it, you might like to view: RFA Regulatory Affairs You Tube Video (Cosmetics Regulation)

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Marketing News:

  General Interest: Vaccines - Inoculating Against Fear Along with good nutrition and public sanitation, vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases. In Australia, the Therapeutic…

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Complementary medicines ('Dietary supplements')

  Country of Origin Labelling for Complementary Medicines Consultation In February 2017 amendments were made to the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws that changed the basis for being eligible…

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Foods

  Amendments to Imported Food Regulations Recent changes to the Imported Food Control Regulations 2019 take effect on 1 October 2019 and will impact on the operation of the Imported…

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