I have developed a natural moisturiser that I would like to sell....

I have developed a natural moisturiser that I would like to sell. Should I get it tested and approved first and who does this in South Africa?

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Your product doesn’t need to be registered with anyone but it is recommended that you get in touch with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association to check any claims you may want to make about your product. If you want to make any medical claims it has to be registered with the Medicines Control Council.

The cosmetic industry is self-regulating, which means that it acts as its own watchdog to ensure that cosmetic manufacturers comply with regulations and requirements for cosmetic products. Companies and consumers can report other companies whose products cross any boundaries such as making unsubstantiated claims or using banned ingredients. Complaints are made to and investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

You’ll find invaluable information on the website of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa, as well as links to other websites that contain information on the process involved in registering a product within this sector.

Hire an expert

As the equipment needed to manufacture and package your product is expensive, you could consider hiring a contract manufacturer. They would source raw materials and manufacture the product on your behalf.

This would free you up to focus more on marketing and sales for the final product.

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