ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme

In order to enhance cooperation amongst Member States in ensuring the safety, quality and claimed benefits of all cosmetic products marketed in ASEAN and eliminate restrictions of trade of cosmetic products amongst Members, ASEAN Ministers signed the Agreement on the ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme (hereafter: the “Agreement”) during the 35th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting on 2 September 2003. This Agreement covers two schedules: ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement of Product Registration Approvals for Cosmetic (hereafter: the “Mutual Recognition Arrangement”) and ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD). Member states were required to implement the Mutual Recognition Arrangement since 2 September 2003 and undertake necessary measures to fully implement the (ACD) by January 1st 2008. To ensure the smooth implementation of the Agreement, seven technical documents were developed as Appendices and Annexes to the ACD or the Mutual Recognition Arrangement:

In the meantime, the ASEAN Cosmetic Committee (ACC), consisting of one official representative from each Member State’s regulatory authority responsible for cosmetics, was established to be responsible for effective functioning of the Agreement. In addition, representative bodies from the ASEAN Cosmetic Industry, such as the ASEAN Cosmetic Association (ACA), will be invited to meetings of the ACC and shall be consulted on all matters concerning the Cosmetic Industry.

According to the ACD, a “cosmetic product” refers to any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity for the purpose of cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition. All cosmetic products marketed in the ASEAN member countries shall conform to the provisions of ACD and its Annexes and Appendices including safety, ingredients, labeling and claims requirements and GMP.

  • ASEAN Updates Cosmetic Ingredient Technical Requirements

      Official Release   31 Aug 2016   Angelita Hu

    During ASEAN’s semi-annual meeting the ASEAN Cosmetic Committee proposed several changes to technical requirements for specific ingredients.
  • ASEAN Ban 3-Benzylidene Camphor and Add 9 Restricted Hair Dyes

      Official Release   7 Jun 2016   Angelita Hu

    During the 23rd ACC Meeting and its related events, several amendments to ACD technical documents were proposed and passed. Corresponding grace...
  • ASEAN Bans Five Parabens in Cosmetics

      Official Release   3 Aug 2015   Angelita Hu

    Since August 1 2015, products containing any of the above parabens are banned in ASEAN except for Thailand and Philippines where the grace period for existing products in the market is until until...
  • [Market Analysis] Halal Cosmetics Market Rapid Growth Requires Further Regulatory Development

      ChemLinked Exclusive   9 Nov 2017   Jo Zhou

    Takehome: Halal cosmetics are a rapidly developing niche of the halal and mainstream market. The 100% natural ingredients commitment of halal products also attracts many non-Muslims. The increased popularity of these products...
  • ASEAN Explains Revision of Cosmetic Directive

      ChemLinked Exclusive   18 Aug 2017   Jo Zhou

    Take home: Apart from amendments of ingredients requirements on 26th ACSB (see news on CL), ASEAN Cosmetic Committee also discussed further revision of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive during a recent...
  • ASEAN Revises and Supplements Cosmetic Ingredient Standards (2017-2018)

      ChemLinked Exclusive   6 Jul 2017   Jo Zhou

    Take home: ASEAN held the 26th ACSB Meeting during which it revised cosmetic ingredients requirements, shortly after ASEAN released the last revision list a month ago (see news: ASEAN Added New Standards for...
  • ASEAN Added New Standards for Cosmetics Ingredients in Lists (2016-2017)

      ChemLinked Exclusive   12 Jun 2017   Jo Zhou

    Take home: From 2016 to 2017, ASEAN continuingly revised cosmetic ingredients standards and added new ingredients requirements to each standard list. The majority of recent amendments are already in force,...
  • ASEAN Revises Sunscreen Labelling Guideline

      ChemLinked Exclusive   20 Jan 2015   Ben Teoh

    During the 21st meeting of the ASEAN Cosmetics Committee and ASEAN Cosmetics Scientific Body, the ASEAN Sunscreen Labelling Guideline was heatedly discussed by the representatives from all the member...
  • ASEAN Cosmetics Directory Further Aligns With EU Regulations

      ChemLinked Exclusive   20 Jan 2015   Ben Teoh

    The ASEAN Cosmetics Committee and ASEAN Cosmetics Scientific Body reviewed and implemented a series of EU regulations at their 21st meeting. Several EU regulations were entered into the ASEAN Cosmetics...