Australia Department of Health and Ageing has made a decision to restrict the use of triclosan in cosmetics. A Schedule 6 entry for triclosan is created in the Australia Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP). Triclosan in cosmetic preparations for human use shall not containing more than 0.3 per cent triclosan. The new restriction will enter into force on 1 May 2012.
The schedule 6 of SUSMP applys to substances with a moderate potential for causing harm, the extent of which can be reduced through the use of distinctive packaging with strong warnings and safety directions on the label.
5-Chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol, commonly known as triclosan, is used in the formulation of cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning agents, therapeutics, and agvet products as a preservative or anti-bacterial. It is also used to treat textiles and plastics due to its antimicrobial activity.