REGULATIONS SURROUNDING THE MANUFACTURE OF SKINCARE PRODUCTS IN AUSTRALIA
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the skincare industry is heavily regulated. After all, ingredients found in moisturisers, face creams and lotions penetrate the skin and can directly enter the blood stream.
And, to a degree, you’d be right…
There are regulations in Australia surrounding the manufacturing and retail of skincare. But, while we put our faith in a consumer culture that keeps us safe and gives us value for money, some of the loopholes in said culture can be downright scary.
But, like everything, we’re here to give you the facts so you can make up your own mind about the products you use.
Here we help you understand the governing bodies and regulations surrounding skincare products and why, even though these protocols are in place to keep consumers safe, you should still potentially question the safety of the skincare products you use.
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
is the governing body whose mission is to notify and assess industrial chemicals to protect human health and the environment.
In their own words, the government organisation ‘helps protect the Australian people by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and…promote (ing) their safe use.”
According to NICNAS, a natural product is one that has not been changed chemically in the extraction process.
Here let us remember that not all plant or mineral based products are good for us, for example fashionable French women in the 1700’s used lead in their cosmetics to obtain a white complexion – resulting in death due to lead poisoning.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, skincare products must be labelled. However, in their own words, “the standard does not require testing.” This effectively means that labels can say whatever a manufacturer wants them to!
While there’s an element of trust that the better-known brands don’t just write ad hoc ingredients on their labels, the lower end budget products potentially don’t have the same reputation.
As part of the Department of Health, The Therapeutic Goods Administration is the regulatory body for medicine and skincare products that provide a therapeutic benefit to the consumer
Their work ensures that the therapeutic claims of a product outweigh the risks associated with its use.
While this can encourage those who are using products to ‘clear up skin complaints’ for example, it’s only products that make therapeutic claims that need to go through TGA regulations so some very clever wording can mean that this process can be omitted completely for some manufacturers.
For a product to be ‘certified organic’, it needs to go through stringent testing through one of a number of regulatory bodies in Australia.
Unfortunately, organic certification can be confusing and often misleading for the average consumer.
Here’s a breakdown of the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) guidelines and labelling requirements:
“100% certified organic content
The label can state ‘100% organic’ and have the official ‘certified’ logo printed on the label.
95%-100% certified organic content
The label can state ‘certified organic’ and can have the official logo printed on the label.
70%-95% certified organic content
The label can state ‘made with certified organic ingredients’, but no logo can be printed on the label.
Less than 70% certified organic content cannot make any certification claims. BUT, they can list the ingredients as organic, but no logo can be printed on the label.”
If you’re a consumer who’s looking for ‘organic’, products, you can now see how the mis-use of this cosmetic buzzword is becoming more and more misleading and ‘organic’ products aren’t necessarily as chemical and synthetic free as we’d expect them to be.
The understanding of the word organic means the creation of products free from synthetic herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. However, we need to be aware that the term organic is not legally regulated in Australian law, so it can also be used freely in marketing and advertising slogans.
Why is Biologi different?
With so many loopholes surrounding skincare products, it’s understandable to question how Biologi is different.
Yes, the same regulations do apply to Biologi. But Biologi is the only skincare brand in Australia that controls the whole manufacturing process from start to finish.
From sourcing ingredients to extraction, manufacture and packaging, we control every step and are transparent in our operations. Every batch of our extracts is scientifically tested using the LC/MS (liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) technique and we’re happy to provide the results to everyone who asks.
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