Philippines FDA Issues Cosmetic Labeling Requirements for Rubbing Alcohol and Sanitizers
On May 28th, 2020, FDA Philippines publishes a detailed requirements on the proper labeling of rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers.
Thailand FDA Updates the Lists of Restricted and Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients
Thailand FDA issued 3 announcements to update its List of Restricted ingredient and List of Prohibited ingredients. The updates include the addition of three new substances to its restricted list and 5 new substances to its prohibited list.
Indonesia Implements Criteria and Procedure for Submission of Cosmetics Notification
On June 24, 2020, Indonesia implemented the amended Criteria and Procedure for Submission of Cosmetics Notification. The previous Criteria and Procedure for Submission of Cosmetics Notification 2010 was revoked and declared invalid. The new regulation clarifies the definition of terms, the scope of notification applicants, dossiers necessary, notification procedures, notification template, cosmetics categories, etc.
Australia Implements the Australian Industrial Chemicals Act 2019
On July 1, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 entered into force, officially replacing the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) with the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) as the new regulator of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals.
Australia Bans the Use of Animal Test Data for New Cosmetic Ingredients
Australia is implementing a ban on the use of animal testing data for new ingredients used exclusively in cosmetic products. The ban commenced on 1 July 2020 and means that new cosmetic ingredients that are being manufactured in or imported into Australia for the first time will not be able to use animal testing data to prove the safety of the ingredient after this date.
Canada Makes Clarifying Amendments to Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist Proposal
Health Canada has made clarifying changes to a proposed update to its Cosmetics Ingredients Hotlist, in response to stakeholder questions. The changes are intended to address “misunderstanding” related to the agency’s entries for retinoic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) included in a January 13 proposal to update the country’s list of substances restricted or prohibited for use in certain cosmetics. Both the retinoic acid and AHAs definitions now include specific mention of additional substances, “which reflect Health Canada’s current interpretation of these entries.
China Officially Announces the Release of the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation
On June 29, the new overarching cosmetic legislation – Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) – was officially published by the Chinese State Council to replace the existing Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations (CSHR), which was released in 1989. The new regulation brings many changes, such as cosmetic definition and classification, new cosmetic ingredient application, claims and claims substantiation, safety assessment, etc. The new regulation will be implemented on January 1, 2021.
China Publishes 3 Standard Test Methods for Oral Care Products
China has published the following recommended standard test method for oral care products:
- GB / T 38789-2020 – Determination of 10 elements in toothpaste for oral cleaning and nursing products. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
- GB / T 38791-2020 – Determination of boric acid and borate content in toothpaste for oral care products
- GB / T 38741-2020 – Oral care and cleansing products—Determination of chlorhexidine, furacin, diclofenac, chloroxylenol and hexamidine diisethionate in toothpastes—High performance liquid chromatography.
4 new substances added to Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern.
1 new substance added to the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) – Substance Evaluation.
2 new substances added to Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) Opinions.
India Allows Delay in Submission of Notarized Documents for Cosmetic Import Registration
India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) published a notice on April 20, 2020, deciding to postpone the submission of notarized, apostilled, and embassy-attested copies of the documents. As per the announcement, applicants may submit applications for import registration under the Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules, along with self-attested documents and an undertaking that they will provide the notarized/apostilled documents with legal signatures after obtaining the same from the concerned authority once the situation returns to normal.
Indian Regulators Put Plans for New Cosmetic Legislation on Hold
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has indefinitely suspended plans to create a separate legal framework for cosmetics amid the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
57 new substances added to the List of Prohibited Substances in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
2 amendments to the List of Prohibited Substances in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
5 substances removed from the List of Prohibited Substances in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
120 new substances added to the List of Restricted Substances in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
2 substances removed from the List of Restricted Substances in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
4 new substances added to the List of Preservatives allowed in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
24 amendments to the List of Preservatives allowed in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
5 new substances added to the List of UV-Filters allowed in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
5 amendments to the List of UV-Filters allowed in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
2 substances removed from the List of UV-Filters allowed in the Technical Regulations on the Safety of Perfumes and Cosmetics.
South Korea Implements Amended Cosmetic Safety Standard
On April 18, South Korea implemented the amended Cosmetic Safety Standard. The amendments include the addition of a prohibited ingredient, four restricted ingredients, and tightened restrictions on five ingredients.
Taiwan Implements the Updated Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act on Jul 1, 2019 (Including updated Restricted & Prohibited Ingredients List)
The amended List of Preservatives, which was published in December 5, 2019, has entered into force on July 1. The new list contains 57 preservatives allowed to be used in cosmetics. The update also includes: categorizing oral products as cosmetics, notification is needed for non-special use cosmetics, registration is needed for special use cosmetics, notification/registration can only be done by manufacturers or distributors based in Taiwan, and the qualification of the safety assessor.
Taiwan Releases Cosmetic Dosage Form Classification Principles for GMP Applications
Taiwan FDA released a document named Cosmetic Dosage Form Classification Principles for cosmetic companies’ reference. Cosmetic companies can directly assess their cosmetic dosage form according to the document when applying for GMP certificates.
California Implements SDS Requirement for Cosmetics and Disinfectants Containing Hazardous Substances
California now requires a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to be available online for Cosmetics and Disinfectants that contain hazardous substances. A manufacturer or importer is required to develop or obtain an SDS according to Section 6390 containing the information specified in Section 6391 of the Labor Code.
The SDS should be available on the manufacturer’s or importer’s internet website by its brand name or other commonly known name in a manner generally accessible to the public. If a separate SDS based on color or tint exists, it should also be posted in the manufacturer’s or importer’s internet website. They must be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean.
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