One of the main factors in determining whether a product is a cosmetic or a therapeutic good is the claims made about the product. For example, moisturisers that contain a sunscreening agent as a secondary component and have a stated therapeutic purpose (for example, 'helps protect skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation') may be considered therapeutic goods.

Even if a product is intended for marketing as a cosmetic, it may be classified as a therapeutic good. This depends on:

  • its ingredients
  • the route of administration
  • whether therapeutic claims are made on its label or in advertising

Use the 'Is my product a cosmetic?(link is external)' decision tool on the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme website to help you identify if your product is a cosmetic.

For more information about the regulation of sunscreens, see the Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Sunscreens (ARGS).