Safety of hygiene products in Australia
Effective hygiene products and practices are essential to maintaining good standards of personal, home, public and industrial hygiene.
All cleaning and personal care products in Australia are regulated by a stringent and complex system spanning Federal, State & Territory and local jurisdictions. Regulation protects public, worker and environmental health. Further details on federal-level regulation can be found in the diagram below.
Accord, the advocate for the consumer, cosmetic, hygiene and specialty products industry has recently launched “What’s in it?”.
“What’s in it?” is a voluntary industry ingredient disclosure initiative for household cleaning products. This is not a safety initiative: all ingredients in household cleaning products are regulated as described above, and the products are safe to use according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Rather, the initiative recognises that increasingly consumers want to make informed choices about the products they use.
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