Facial cleansers have a long and storied history in Australia, but have never been widely available in the UK.

This has been the case since the 1990s, when the industry was heavily regulated and controlled by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

The Food Standards Authority (Fsa) has no regulatory role in cosmetics, but the cosmetics industry has developed some significant regulations over the years. 

The cosmetics industry’s regulation structure has been based on strict criteria set out in the Cosmetic and Food Products Regulations 1992.

These guidelines require that all cosmetic ingredients be tested for safety and efficacy. 

These rules were put in place by the UK government after the introduction of the Cosmetics Act 1992, which required cosmetic ingredients to be tested and labelled on their packaging. 

Despite these strict guidelines, cosmetic ingredients have always been subject to testing in Australia.

The FDA is currently considering a proposal to change these regulations in order to allow the cosmetics trade to continue as it is. 

In response to the proposed changes, the FSA released a statement in February 2018 saying it was “aware of the proposed change in the Cosmetology Act 1992”, and that the cosmetics supply chain will be strengthened.

The cosmetics supply chains will also include an examination of the supply of cosmetic ingredients from Australia to the UK, as the FSA has recently indicated that the supply chain is undergoing an expansion. 

A proposal has been made to remove the Cosmetic and Food Product Regulations 1992 from the Cosmexpec website. 

It will take effect from October 2018, meaning that cosmetic ingredients can now be tested at the Cosminexpec lab in Singapore, rather than having to go through the UK FDA testing. 

Australian cosmetics companies have also been working with the FSA on a proposal for a new, streamlined regulatory framework for cosmetic ingredients. 

Currently, the Cosmoexpec Lab is not licensed as an authorised cosmetic laboratory in the EU, meaning the Cosmicam has no legal licence to conduct cosmetics testing.

It is understood that the Cosmexpec Lab will be re-licensed as an approved laboratory in March 2019, after having passed its inspection and regulatory compliance process. 

Cosmetic Ingredients Australia has been working closely with the Cosmaicom to address the requirements and safety of cosmetics ingredients and the Cosmotexpec has been given the ability to make recommendations on how to improve cosmetics testing in the cosmetics market. 

However, cosmetic ingredient safety remains a key issue for cosmetics companies in Australia as it relates to the ingredients they use. 

An investigation by Australian media outlet The Australian revealed that some cosmetic ingredients in cosmetics are found to be unsafe for humans. 

Australia’s Cosmo-Amp has been in the news recently after the cosmetics giant was caught using a “false” test to pass the Australian Safety Standards Agency’s (ASSA) “non-compliance test”. 

Australian cosmetic ingredient Safety Authority (ASA) In a statement, the ASA said that cosmetics ingredients can be tested using “test kits” that can be purchased online or by mail-order. 

“The testing kits provide a means for cosmetic companies to comply with the requirements of the Australian Cosmetic Ingredient Safety Authority.

They are not available for the public to purchase, but are provided by Cosmam as a supplement to the Cosmetic Ingrow Product Safety Lab (CESL),” the ASA statement said. 

This is a clear breach of Australia’s Cosmetic Ingrès Regulations 1992, and ASSA said that it will be looking into the issue. 

As the ASSA investigation continues, cosmetics companies are seeking to find an alternative to testing their ingredients using kits and to obtain approval from the Australian FDA to manufacture and sell their cosmetics. 

For more information on cosmetic ingredients, see our FAQ. 

Further information: The Cosmoam Cosmetics Ingredients Lab is located in Singapore at 101-1011 Changi Avenue, Singapore 56464, Telephone +65 2 899 9222. 

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