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Is my product a cosmetic?

Cosmetics include a wide range of products. They include hair dyes, bath bombs, soaps, moisturisers, perfumes and lipsticks. We regulate the ingredients of cosmetics.

This questionnaire asks you 4 questions to help you work out if we consider your product to be a cosmetic.

  • Where the product will be used.
  • What the product does to the human body.
  • Why people use your product.
  • If any of your ingredients are on a list of poisons and medicines, the Poisons Standard.

Depending on your answers, we'll tell you if your product is a cosmetic or isn't a cosmetic. If it's a cosmetic, we regulate the ingredients.

We'll give you instructions about:

  • your obligations with AICIS so you can legally import or manufacture (introduce) your cosmetic ingredients
  • who to contact to help you find out your other obligations for your product

There are a few things you should know before starting...

  • AICIS doesn’t regulate therapeutic goods. These are products which change or claim to change the way the human body works. You can read about the differences. If a product is a therapeutic good, it isn't a cosmetic.
  • We don’t ‘ban’ the use of ingredients in products. We can restrict the concentrations you can use and put other conditions on them you’ll need to follow. We’ve got detailed guidance about prohibited and restricted chemicals.
  • Most restrictions are in the Poisons Standard. The full name is the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons, or SUSMP.
  • We don’t have anything to do with labelling cosmetics. We’ve put together a list of who you ought to contact if you need to know about labelling.
  • We’ve got a specific definition of naturally-occurring. We’ve put together guidance explaining how our definition works.

There’s a list of exceptions you’ll need to check before you proceed. They're products that aren't therapeutic goods. The TGA maintains this list. It calls it the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination (EGD). You’ll want to check your product against sections 1 and 2. If the section lists your product as not being a therapeutic good, your product may be a cosmetic. However, it would still need to meet our criteria. Remember what EGD told you when you answer the questionnaire.

Question 1

For our definition of a cosmetic, it's important where the product will be used.

Will your product be used on any of the following?

  • skin
  • hair
  • nails
  • teeth
  • inside of the mouth

Question 2

For our definition of a cosmetic, it's important what the product does to the human body.

Does your product do any of the following?

  • protect the body
  • alter the body’s odours
  • perfume the body
  • change the body’s appearance (e.g. colouring, tinting or bleaching)
  • cleanse the body
  • maintain the body in good condition (e.g. moisturising, exfoliating or drying)

Question 3

For our definition of a cosmetic, it's important why people use your product.

Do you intend for your product to be used for any of the following reasons?

  • preventing, curing or alleviating a disease, ailment, defect or injury
  • influencing, inhibiting or modifying the way the body works for any reason (e.g. regenerate skin to delay ageing, reduce melanin production to whiten skin or boost metabolism to burn fat)

Question 4

For our definition of a cosmetic, it's important if any of your product's ingredients are on the Poisons Standard.

Are any of your product's ingredients on the Poisons Standard?

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We do consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • is used on a relevant part of the human body
  • does relevant things to the human body
  • has no therapeutic uses
  • has no ingredients on the Poisons Standard

What do I do now?

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as cosmetic ingredients.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • has therapeutic uses
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as cosmetic ingredients.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as cosmetic ingredients.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • has therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • has therapeutic uses
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body

What do I do now?

We regulate the ingredients of your product as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as cosmetic ingredients.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We do consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • is used on a relevant part of the human body
  • does relevant things to the human body
  • has no therapeutic uses
  • has ingredients on the Poisons Standard you're using for non-therapeutic reasons

What do I do now?

Be sure you're following restrictions on the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your cosmetic product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals in cosmetics. This includes checking each ingredient of your cosmetic product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

We don't consider your product to be a cosmetic.

This is because you've told us it:

  • isn't used on a relevant part of the human body
  • doesn't do anything relevant to the human body
  • has therapeutic uses

What do I do now?

You'll need to contact the TGA, who regulate therapeutic products. They'll be able to guide you on what to do next.

If the TGA don’t regulate your product, we might still regulate it. This might be because the TGA doesn’t recognise the therapeutic purpose of your product. In this case, we’d regulate the ingredients as industrial chemicals.

Be sure you're following restrictions in the Poisons Standard for your chemical.

You’ll need to register your business with us. You don't need to register with us if any of the following apply:

  • you're re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're mixing or blending chemicals you bought in Australia or
  • you're not selling your chemical for commercial purposes

Then, you need to separately categorise the introduction of each ingredient in your product. Note that each ingredient could have a different introduction category. You should read our guidance about categorisation of chemicals. This includes checking each ingredient of your product in our chemical database, the Inventory. If the ingredient is on our Inventory, you need to make sure that your introduction of it meets any terms of the Inventory listing. This could include:

  • concentration limits
  • other restrictions

If your ingredient’s on the Inventory and you’re following all the terms of the Inventory listing, your introduction of it can be a listed introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. You’ll have to:

If the ingredient's not on the Inventory, you've got to work out what introduction category applies. 

Depending on the risks of your use, you may be eligible for an exempted introduction. You’ll have to make a once-off declaration, but otherwise you’d be able to introduce it without telling us beforehand. Otherwise, you may be eligible for another category of introduction. You can read our guide to help you understand. Keep in mind each introduction category has criteria and obligations you'll need to meet.

We've put together a list of who you ought to contact to check your labelling requirements.

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