Philippines Details Labeling Requirements for Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers shall be labeled with product name and function, manufacturer’s batch number, manufacturing or expiry date or best before date, country of Manufacture, net content, direction for use, special precautions, full ingredient listing, name and address of the company responsible for placing the product in the local market.
Indonesia Released BPOM Strategic Plan for 2020-2024
In May 2020, Indonesia released the BPOM Strategic Plan for the 2020-2024 period. The Strategic Plan reviews the supervision situation in drug and food industry from 2015 to 2019, and revealed the supervision plan for drug and food in the next five years, including BPOM's vision, mission, goals, objectives, strategies, policies, programs, and activities.
Shanghai Reports the Monitoring of Cosmetic Adverse Reactions in 2019
On May 27, Shanghai Medical Products Administration issued an annual report on the monitoring of cosmetic adverse reactions in 2019, which points out that the city recorded a total of 2,593 cases of cosmetic adverse reactions last year. Specifically, 3031 kinds of cosmetics were involved and the majority of were non-special use cosmetics. Regarding the sources, over 75.98% of the items had known sources with 51.67% from online sellers and 19.7% from stores. Of those affected, more than 90% were female, and more than 67.79% focused on 20-50 years old. The main adverse reaction was cosmetic contact dermatitis.
South Korea to Revise the Regulation on the Management of Safety Information for Cosmetics
On May 28, 2020, MFDS disclosed the draft of Regulation on the Management of Safety Information for Cosmetics. As the solid soap designated as cosmetics last year, the responsible cosmetics enterprises shall be in compliance with the requirements of submitting the safety dossiers of solid soap. To ease the burden of small and micro businesses, the authority intends to exempt the solid soap enterprises with less than two coworkers from the regular submission of the relevant safety dossiers. Any suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to June 17, 2020.
Australia to Launch New AICIS Website and AICIS Business Services Website
According to NICNAS' notice on May 27, in line with the reform of Australia’s overall chemical regulatory framework, a brand new AICIS website will be launched on July 1st to replace the current NICNAS website. Besides, NICNAS Business Services will be also changed to AICIS Business Services on 1 July 2020.
California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Passed the Assembly
The A.B. 2762 bill will now go to the Appropriations Committee for revision. If passed, the California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act will explicitly prohibit the use of the 12 harmful chemicals in cosmetics, which include mercury, PFAS, some of the most toxic parabens and phthalates.
CPPCC Member Submitted Proposals to Reform Cosmetic Industry
On May 23, Zheng Chunyang, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) proposed several reform suggestions of the cosmetic sector during the third session of the 13th CPPCC. He stated that cosmetics shall be separated from the category of chemical raw materials and chemical products manufacturing to be in parallel with foods and pharmaceuticals, and shall continue to subdivide the makeup category on this basis.
In terms of policies, the NDRC and local development and reform commissions shall adjust the policy of cosmetics project approval to reduce development limitations; reduce the pollution risk level of cosmetics companies to distinguish them from chemical companies; and implement classified management on the manufacture of daily chemical products and reduce the evaluation category of cosmetics manufacturing with less pollution. In terms of supervision, the category of daily chemical products shall be divided, etc.
China Resumes On-Site Acceptance Business of Cosmetics Administrative Licenses
According to China NMPA’s notice on May 22, 2020, the on-site acceptance business of administrative licensing items for cosmetics, drugs, medical devices and special foods will be resumed since May 25. The approval certificates will continue to be delivered by mail. Enterprises who have to handle the business or receive the approval certificates on the spot shall make an appointment through the online reservation system in advance. Only after successful reservations can enterprises enter the acceptance hall.
South Korea Cracks Down the Online Sales of Cosmetics with Non-Compliance Advertisements
MFDS revealed the cosmetics sold online, which are likely to be mistaken as hand sanitizers on May 21. These cosmetics purported to sterilize the hands or prevent bacteria, etc. are no longer allowed for sale. The relevant websites are either terminated for accessing or deleted.
2020 Report on the Work of the Government: Utilize the Foreign Capitals Actively and Expand Imports
One goal of the 2020 Report on the Work of the Government mentions that actively utilize the foreign capitals, which includes significantly reducing the negative list for admission of foreign investment, introducing a negative list of cross-border service trade, giving the Pilot Free Trade Zones greater autonomy for reform and opening up, speeding up the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port, setting up Pilot Free Trade Zones and comprehensive bonded zones in the central and western regions, and increasing the service industry to expand and open comprehensive pilot projects. Create a market environment in which domestic and foreign enterprises are treated equally and fairly, as well as accelerating the development of CBEC and expanding imports.