Australian New Zealand Standard AS / NZS 2604:2012 Sunscreen Products - Evaluation and Classification - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to manufacture, promote or sell sunscreen products.

Sunscreens classified as therapeutic goods are, unless exempt, required to be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) maintained by the Therapeutic Goods Administration before they can legally be marketed in Australia. To be listed, sunscreens must comply with this standard.

This standard sets out procedures for determining the performance of sunscreen products in terms of their mean protection factors. It includes test methods for both broad-spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen products. This standard also specifies appropriate detailed labelling requirements. It applies to sunscreen products represented as being suitable for topical use to protect human skin from the adverse effects of solar ultraviolet (UV) rays. It applies to both primary and secondary sunscreen products.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Therapeutic Goods Administration

Act(s) name

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Information Officer
Department of Health
Therapeutic Goods Administration

Operating address:
136 Narrabundah Lane
Australian Capital Territory 2609
Mailing address:
PO BOX 100
Woden, Australian Capital Territory 2606


1800 020 653


02 6232 8644


02 6203 1605

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