Four-part series on the science behind beauty products

The Australian Broadcasting Commission has published four articles on the ingredients in skin care products. Part 1 - what is an active ingredient (discusses vitamin C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, BHAs; Part 2 (retinol, tretinoin, retinaldehyde); Part 3 (chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser); Part 4 - collagen.


AICIS publishes "roadmap" for evaluating chemicals

This outlines the strategic approach for evaluating the human health and environmental risks of introducing and using industrial chemicals in Australia. The roadmap includes an explanation of what chemicals could be evaluated, evaluation goals and six action areas to achieve those goals, and targets for 2024 and beyond.     Source: AICIS here and here.


List of chemical evaluations in progress, under public consultation or recently completed

Includes the subject of the evaluation - typically the chemical name or chemical group name, reason for the evaluation, time it takes to do the evaluation, focus of the evaluation - chemical identity, and human health or the environment (or both), current status of the evaluation - for example, in progress, public consultation, completed, and amendments to the list of evaluation candidates.    Source: AICIS


What are the rules on using new animal test data?

Information sheet explains the key points about using animal testing data.    Source: AICIS


Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment

Six chemicals added in September 2021.    Source: AICIS


New Zealand News

General quantity labelling requirements

Describes labelling requirements for all packaged goods sold by weight, measure or number which must have their quantity marked or labelled using one of the units of the metric system.    Source: NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Changes to the Fair Trading Act

New obligations on businesses and providing new protections for consumers and small businesses, prohibiting unconscionable conduct in trade, extending unfair contract terms provisions to cover standard form small trade contracts, and enabling people to direct uninvited direct sellers to leave or not enter their property.    Source: Commerce Commission of New Zealand


Report an Influencer Ad Identification Breach

Advertising content must be clearly identified, regardless of where it might be seen. This includes ad content posted by influencers. The Advertising Standards Authority has received over 200 complaints and enquiries since the release of the influencers AdHelp Information.    Source: Advertising Standards Authority.

RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Melbourne e-commerce business fined $13k for unauthorised imports. Investigators from AICIS have fined a Melbourne e-commerce order fulfilment business more than $13,000 for allegedly importing industrial chemicals without the required…



Review of import policy for mushrooms an trifles. The review will consider permitted and prohibited species, country of origin differences, target and hitchhiker pests, substrates approved for use, sterilisation requirements;…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

TGA Website Redevelopment. The TGA is “modernising” its website. Some links will change, and some old pages removed. The TGA is presenting a webinar on 7th and 12th July. To…


Cosmetic, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Useful resources for labelling of products Label your products.    Source: Labelling, SDS and packaging.    Source: Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) Cosmetic labelling.    Source: ACCC Product Safety Australia  …



Research into vitamin D levels in the population A number of FSANZ staff recently contributed to a journal article investigating vitamin D in Australian diets. This study showed that vitamin…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Advertising - testimonials and endorsements. This is a new TGA guidance document that explains the difference between testimonials and endorsements, and which types of each are permitted. For example, testimonials:…


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