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Vietnam Cosmetic Legislation

  •   20 Nov 2019
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     Vietnam Cosmetic Legislation

    Overarching Regulation
    Circular 06/2011/TT-BYT Providing Cosmetic Management
    Competent Authority
    Drug Administration of Vietnam (DAV)
    Main Supporting Rules 
    Oct 1 2015Official Letter 15002/QLD-MP Acceptance of Cosmetic Notification Online
    Jul 1 2016Decree 93/2016/ND-CP Conditions for Manufacture of Cosmetic Products

    As a member state of ASEAN, Vietnam fully implemented the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) by the release of Circular 06/2011/TT-BYT Providing Cosmetic Management on January 25th, 2011. Under the regulation, cosmetics are required to go through notification procedures, and only after authorities issue a cosmetic notification receipt number are the applicants permitted to sell cosmetic products. The notification applicants are also responsible for the safety, efficacy, and quality of their products.


    Part 1 Regulatory Framework and Competent Authority

    1 Existing Main Cosmetic Regulations in Vietnam

    RegulationsImplementation DateStatus
    Circular 06/2011/TT-BYT Providing Cosmetic Management2011-4-1In force
    Official Letter 1609/QLD-MP Guiding the Cosmetic Classification and Announcement of Cosmetic Characteristics2012-02-10In force
    Official Letter 15002/QLD-MP Acceptance of Cosmetic Notification Online2015-10-1In force
    Decree 93/2016/ND-CP Conditions for Manufacture of Cosmetic Products2016-7-1In force

    2 Competent Authority of Cosmetics

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoH) is in charge of formulating and issuing the major cosmetic regulations in Vietnam.

    The Drug Administration of Vietnam (DAV) under the MoH is responsible for issuing the specific enforcement rules and measures, processing the notifications, and conducting post-market surveillance.

    Part 2 Cosmetic Products

    1 Definition

    The definition of Cosmetics in Vietnam is in accordance with ASEAN ACD is: "any substance or preparation intended placed in contact with the external parts of the human body, or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity for cleaning , perfuming , changing appearance, and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting or maintaining condition".

    2 Classification

    Cosmetic classification involves characteristics, intended use, the ingredient formula, and the application method of products (click here to find the cosmetic scope).

    Products with the following characteristics are not cosmetics:

    • contain ingredients with human origin
    • permanently adjust, restore or alter the function of the body by immunologic, metabolic or pharmacologic mechanisms
    • designed to be swallowed, injected, or placed in contact with internal parts of the human body (for example, the nasal mucous membrane, internal genital organs

    The following are not cosmetics:

    • anti-mosquito products
    • room fragrance
    • fabric softener
    • toilet detergent
    • hydrogen peroxide solution
    • sanitizing alcohol 70% and alcohol 90%
    • artificial teeth cleansing product which does not contact the oral cavity
    • artificial eyelash
    • liquid for eye/nasal/ear wash
    • products preventing nasal congestion
    • anti-snoring products
    • lubricant gel
    • ultrasonic gel
    • products touching internal genital organ
    • enema
    • local anesthetics
    • products reducing/controlling swelling/edema
    • dermatitis treatment products
    • allergy relief products
    • fungicidal products
    • virucidal products
    • products stimulating for hair/eyelash grow
    • products removing/burning fat/losing centimeters
    • weight loss products
    • hair growth prevention
    • products stopping perspiration completely
    • eternal tattoo ink
    • products for removing/reducing scars
    • wound cleaning product

    3 Manufacturing Requirements

    Before manufacturing, the cosmetic manufacturer must submit the application for issuance of a Certificate of eligibility for cosmetic manufacturing by hand or by post to the Department of Health in the same location as the cosmetic manufacturer's workshop. Within two working days from the receipt of the application, the Department of Health will issue a receipt note if the application is sufficient and valid or make a written notice to outline the shortcomings of the application. For valid applications, within 30 working days from the receipt note, the Department of Health will inspect the cosmetic manufacturer and grant a Certificate to qualified manufacturers. During manufacturing, cosmetic manufacturers shall implement a quality management system in compliance with “Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP-ASEAN)” guidelines and standards.

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