Mandatory Standard for Ingredients Labelling on Cosmetics - Australian Government


You must comply with this mandatory standard if you:

  • manufacture cosmetic products in Australia for Australian use
  • import cosmetic products into Australia.

This mandatory standard prescribes the requirements for the labelling of cosmetic products. Cosmetic products are substances or preparations intended for placement in contact with any external part of the body, including the mouth and teeth, for the purpose of:

  • altering the odours of the body
  • changing the appearance of the body
  • cleansing the body
  • maintaining the body in good condition
  • perfuming the body
  • protecting the body.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.


The following goods are exempt from this mandatory standard:

  • therapeutic goods within the meaning of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
  • hand sanitisers
  • cosmetics manufactured in Australia for export
  • free samples of cosmetic products
  • testers of a cosmetic product.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Consumer Goods (Cosmetics) Information Standard 2020 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Product Safety Australia

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