Asia

India Bans Importation of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

Oct 23, 2014

On Oct. 13, 2014, India's Ministry of Health and Welfare made an addition to its Drugs and Cosmetics Rules that prohibited the importation of cosmetics that are tested on animals.

Cosmetic Regulation in Laos

Oct 10, 2014

In 1997, Laos (known officially as the Lao People's Democratic Republic) joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade community, which governs cosmetics as part of the ASEAN Cosmetics Regulation.

Asia-Pacific Update: ASEAN Mirrors EU Regulation

Aug 27, 2014

Mirroring updates made to Cosmetic Regulation EC No. 1223/2009 in Europe, the ASEAN Cosmetics Association has updated it positions on sunscreen labeling, botanicals, parabens and more, reported here.

Asia-Pacific Update: Hong Kong Regulations and ‘Green’ Awareness

Jul 1, 2014To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

In Hong Kong, cosmetic safety assurance is viewed as being part of the product manufacturing process, and reasonable safety will result from all the necessary production processes being followed. This update is a short review of the rules for manufacturing and selling cosmetic products in Hong Kong.

Regulations and Notifications for Cosmetics and Hair Spray in Vietnam

Jun 1, 2014TY Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

On the Vietnamese market, cosmetics must satisfy ASEAN guidelines for the marketing of their features. Corporations or individuals selling cosmetic products bear full responsibility for product safety, efficacy and quality. Also, VOCs are not currently regulated. This update briefs manufacturers on processes specific to this growing market.

Importing Cosmetics into Japan, Part 2: Distributor Licensing and Sunscreens

Mar 20, 2014To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

This column is the second in a two-part series on importing cosmetics into Japan. It discusses the requirements for cosmetic manufacturers and distributors in more depth than the first part, and provides a closer look at sunscreen requirements in Japan.

Cosmetic Notification in Brunei

Dec 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant

Cosmetics in Brunei are regulated by the country’s “Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007,” which are in line with the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) and require all importers/ manufacturers to notify the Ministry of Health (MoH) before launching any cosmetic product in the local market.

Importing Cosmetics into Japan: Part 1

Aug 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia

This column is the first in a two-part series on importing cosmetics into Japan. It discusses the general requirements for cosmetic manufacturers and distributors. The second part discusses these requirements in more depth, and provides a closer look at sunscreen requirements.

Cosmetic Control Unit in Singapore

May 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Author and Consultant

In 2008, Health Sciences Authority (HSA) established the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) for cosmetic products in Singapore. This is enforced as the Heath Products Act, a subsidiary legislation of the HSA’s Health Products Regulation 2007. HSA created the Cosmetic Control Unit of Singapore to regulate cosmetics.

Myanmar Cosmetic Regulations

Feb 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Author and Consultant

Myanmar is a member state of the ASEAN community and must abide by ASEAN Cosmetic Directive; however, like other member states, it has local regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Health that supervise goods sold in the country.

Asia-Pacific Update: ASEAN Updates to Nano, Sun Care, Trace Limits and More

Jan 1, 2013To Yo Be, Contributing Author and Consultant

Changes to the European Union’s Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC were a main topic of discussion at the meeting of the ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) and the ASEAN Cosmetic Council (ACC), which took place in Cambodia on July 11-12, 2012.

Korean Cosmetic Regulations

Jan 1, 2012

In Korea, cosmetics and related products such as foods, food additives and pharmaceuticals are regulated by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA). The Korean Cosmetic Products Act (KPCA), which was passed in 2000 to separate cosmetic and pharmaceutical regulations, categorizes cosmetic products into three major categories: general cosmetics; functional cosmetics, e.g., sunscreens and whitening products; and quasi drugs, e.g., anti-acne products.