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Advice for cosmetic treatments and beauty therapy using lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and high-powered light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

ARPANSA is inviting submissions on draft advice regarding light-based cosmetic treatments.

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The Issue
Start/End Date: 
Thursday 23 August 2018 - 13:00 to Sunday 23 September 2018 - 17:00

Why do we need national advice for light-based cosmetic treatments in Australia?

The use of lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy (collectively referred to as light-based techniques), is common in the cosmetic and beauty therapy industry. The application of these treatments may present a hazard to the skin and eyes of the person undergoing the treatment and the provider applying the procedure. Currently, there is no nationally-available approach to managing these hazards in Australia. Regulatory frameworks are currently in place in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia only.

How can consumers and the cosmetic and beauty therapy industry use this advice?

The advice is in the form of questions and answers (Q&As) to common safety topics for light-based cosmetic treatments. The advice is broken down into information for consumers and for treatment providers. These Q&As aim to provide the necessary information to assist in the safe delivery of light-based cosmetic treatments and communicate risk awareness about their use. 

An ARPANSA advisory on light-based cosmetic treatment intended to supplement the national advice is also provided. This discusses the risks of light exposure based on international standards and provides support for the development of the national advice for light-based cosmetic treatments.

What will happen to the current regulations?

There is no expectation that the publication of this advice will make any significant changes to regulations currently in place in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. The advice will not necessarily affect the implementation of regulation in other jurisdictions within Australia. Regulation of private businesses offering these services is a matter for the state or territory where the business practises. Consequently, enquiries regarding regulation should be directed to the relevant state or territory regulator.

Making a comment

As many public consultations attract high levels of interest, we prefer to accept submissions via the online webform available below. Our website is secure and is suitable for uploading submissions. You should use the template provided below to prepare your submission. If the template is not used, your submission may not be considered.

You can submit by email, but please be aware that this is not an automated process and it may take longer for you to receive an acknowledgement that your submission has been received, and for us to publish your submission on our website. You can email your submission to the stakeholdercommentatarpansa.gov.au (stakeholdercomment)stakeholdercommentatarpansa.gov.au (@arpansa.gov.au).

You have the option to remain anonymous by selecting 'Remain Anonymous' in the webform below. Comments made on submissions by other parties will not be published.

We have prepared a guide on how to make a submission on this public consultation:

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Draft – Cosmetic treatments and beauty therapy using lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and high-powered light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

PDF iconDraft for public consultation - Cosmetic treatment and beauty therapy using lasers, IPLs and LEDS - advice for treatment providers
FileDraft for public consultation - Cosmetic treatment and beauty therapy using lasers, IPLs and LEDS - advice for treatment providers

PDF iconDraft for public consultation - Cosmetic treatment and beauty therapy using lasers, IPLs and LEDS - advice for consumers
FileDraft for public consultation - Cosmetic treatment and beauty therapy using lasers, IPLs and LEDS - advice for consumers

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