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Singapore Cosmetics Legislation

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     Singapore Cosmetics Legislation

    Overarching Regulation
    Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007
    Competent Authority
    Health Sciences Authority  (HSA)
    Main Supporting Rules 
    Sep 1 2015Step-by-step Guide on Cosmetic Products Notification

    With effect from 1 January 2008, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has implemented the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) by way of the Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007, which is a subsidiary Legislation under the Health Products Act for the regulatory control of cosmetic products in Singapore.

    Under the current regulatory control, any person who introduces a cosmetic product into the local market must notify the HSA before the supply and/or sale of the cosmetic product. The person also has to ensure that the cosmetic product is safe for human use when applied under normal conditions of use, and does not contain any banned or restricted substances stipulated for cosmetic products as listed in the legislation.


    Part 1 Regulatory Framework and Competent Authority

    1 Existing Main Cosmetic Regulations in Singapore


    Implementation Date


    Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007


    In Force

    Step-by-step Guide on Cosmetic Products Notification


    In Force

    ASEAN Cosmetic Directive


    In Force

    2 Competent Authority

    The Health Sciences Authority (HSA), a statutory board of the Singapore Ministry of Health, has the authority for the regulation and licensing of cosmetic products intended for human use in Singapore.

    The Cosmetics Control Unit (CCU), a unit in HSA, was set up in November 1995 to administer the regulatory control of cosmetic products.

    Part 2 Cosmetic Products

    1 Definition

    In accordance with the ACD, a cosmetic product in Singapore is defined as any substance or preparation that is intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips, eyes and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, correcting body odors, protecting them or keeping them in good condition. Cosmetic products include skincare products, make-up colors, bath and shower preparations.

    In addition, HSA divides cosmetics into two categories: lower risk cosmetics and high risk cosmetics. The classification is defined only for determine the notification fees. The fee for high risk cosmetics is higher than low risk cosmetics.

    Higher Risk

    Cosmetic Products deemed to be of higher risk are cosmetic products to be applied around the eyes, on the lips, hair dyes containing phenylenediamines and oral and dental care products.

    Lower Risk

    Cosmetic Products deemed to be of lower risk are all other cosmetic products not listed above such as skin whitening products, moisturizers, etc.

    2 Manufacturing Requirements

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