The Australian Financial Council (AFFC) has launched a campaign to end the ‘skin doctor’ business model that forces people to buy their own skin care.
The campaign, launched last month, aims to raise awareness of the ethical issues around buying and using new products and services, including from companies that do not meet ethical standards.
It also calls on the government to address ethical concerns surrounding the sale of new products, such as cosmetics and cosmetics-related products, and to promote a “skin doctor” industry model that minimises consumer harm.
In a statement, the AFFC said the campaign was part of the campaign against skin care that began in February this year.
“While the ‘Skin Doctor’ business has not been fully tested in Australia, there are serious concerns about the use of new skin products,” the statement said.
“[It] has become a way for companies to make a quick profit off of skin care without the need to be ethical.”
The AFFC launched the campaign in response to concerns that skin care was not being fully tested for ethical standards in Australia.
Last month, the government introduced a bill to ban cosmetic products that contain synthetic ingredients.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the legislation would protect Australian consumers, while also preventing products from being sold to people who were not qualified to use them.
Mr Dick said: “It is not about selling skin care, it is about being able to have the confidence in your skin care to choose the best for you.”
In an emailed response to questions from The Australian, a spokeswoman for the Australian Cosmetic Society (ACS), said cosmetic companies were not involved in the new campaign.
She said: The ACL supports the government’s decision to ban new cosmetic products, including new skin creams, to ensure they meet ethical and health standards.