Indonesia Abolishes the Regulation “HK.00.05.4.1745, 2003 about Cosmetics”
As the regulation is not in line with the current cosmetic industry development, Indonesia implemented the abolishment of the Regulation “HK.00.05.4.1745, 2003 about Cosmetics” on Jan 27, 2020.
South Korea to Levy a Digital Services Tax on Manufacturers of Finished Products
The scope of manufactures includes cosmetics, luxury, clothing, Household Appliances, etc.. It is planned to reach an agreement on core issues such as taxation target standards at the general meeting in July and finalize the taxation plan at the end of this year.
Zhejiang Issues a Guideline for the Hygiene Production for Enterprises of Food, Cosmetics, Disinfection and Other Products during Coronavirus Outbreak
To help enterprises ro resume production and carry out the virus-control work, the first version of the Hygiene Operation Guidelines was issued by Zhejiang Health Products and Cosmetics Industry Association on Feb. 2, 2020. Relevant cosmetic enterprises shall refer to the Guideline for the management of production during coronavirus outbreak.
China Implememts Preferential Tax Policies for the Import of Goods pertaining to Coronavirus Control
The tax preference is valid from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, 2020. During the period, imported materials used for the control of coronavirus outbreak will be exempt from import tariffs, value-added tax and consumption tax. The scope of goods eligible for duty exemption has been expanded to include reagents, disinfectant articles, protective equipment, ambulances, epidemic control vehicles, disinfection vehicles and emergency command vehicles.
South Korea Amends Enforcement Rule of Cosmetics Act
The amendments include three aspects: 1. Newly add the criteria of age for infant or children cosmetics; 2. Newly add the field research of infant or children cosmetics, 3. Newly add the hazard reduction program for infant or children cosmetics. These amendments shall come into force from Jan.22, 2020.
China Taiwan Abolishes Two Cosmetic Documents from January 21, 2020
As revealed by TFDA's notice on Jan. 21, the "Technical Documents Table that Should be Attached to the Registration of Medicated Cosmetics containing New Ingredients" and the "Management Regulations on the Use of New Whitening Ingredients" have been abolished.
FDA Plans to Amend the Definition and Testing Method of Asbestos in Talc and Cosmetic Products Containing Talc
According to FDA's notice in January 10, 2020, a public meeting will be held on February 4, 2020, Eastern Time to discuss the testing method, terminology, and criteria that can be applied to characterize and measure asbestos and other potentially harmful elongate mineral particles that may be present as contaminants in talc and cosmetic products manufactured using talc as an ingredient.
China to Phase out the Manufacture, Sale and Use of Plastics
According to China National Development and Reform Commission's notice on Jan. 19, 2020, the production and sale of disposable foam plastic tableware and plastic swabs will be prohibited by the end of 2020. The production of daily chemicals containing plastic microbeads will be banned by 2020 and their sale must stop by 2022. Meanwhile, the use of plastic products, including non-biodegradable plastic bags, disposable plastic tableware, disposable plastic items provided at hotels and restaurants, and plastic packaging used in express deliveries will also be retricted or banned.
South Korea Plans to Develop 3 Guidelines for the Cosmetic Sector in 2020
As revealed by South Korea NIFDS's notice on Jan. 15, the "Guidelines for Efficacy Evaluation of the Products that Temporarily Changes Teeth Color" and the "Guidelines for Efficacy Evaluation of Functional Cosmetics" will be introduced in June. The "Guidelines for the Specifications of Portable Oxygen Canister" will be introduced in November.
China Newly Includes 50 CBEC Pilot Cities
On January 17, 2020, China Ministry and other 5 ministries jointly announced the expansion of cross-border e-commerce pilot cities to 50 more cities and Hainan Province as a whole. The announcement was published with immediate effect.