On 1st July 2019, the overarching cosmetic regulation “Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act” in Taiwan entered into force, replacing the former one “Statue for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene”. The categories of cosmetics changes from general cosmetics and medicated cosmetics in the old regulation to general cosmetics and specific purpose cosmetics in the regulation.
The newly enforced cosmetic hygiene and safety act establishes a completely new administrative system including a new notification system and requires the establishment of a PIF (product information files). Starting from the effective date (1st July, 2019), all general cosmetics can start their notification procedure through an online platform.
The actual implementation date for general cosmetic notification is 1st July, 2021. After that, cosmetic products without notification will be regarded as illegal. The notification functions as a record to help TFDA to assign liability in case of any safety problems. Specific purpose cosmetics are still subject to registration, but 5 years later (1st July, 2024), they will be subject to a notification and PIF system as well. TFDA has also strengthened provisions related to post-market surveillance. In addition, the registration of colorants has been abolished.