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Singapore Cosmetics Regulation

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, a subsidiary Legislation under the Health Products Act , which adopts similar regulatory principles and requirements as the European Union (EU) regulations on cosmetic products.

A cosmetic product is defined as any substance or preparation that is intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body e.g. skin, hair, nails, lips, or mouth including gums, teeth, tongue, for the purpose of cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, correcting body odours or protecting them or keeping them in good condition. (Use the Classification Guide for Cosmetic Products to check if a product is a cosmetic or not)

Under the Health Products Act, companies or individuals who intend to sell or supply a cosmetic product in Singapore are required to notify the HSA prior to selling or supplying the product in the local market. They are also required to comply with the requirements under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive. Furthermore, keeping records on the supply of the cosmetic product is also a requirement for them. The record shall contain information on the name and notification number of the product, name and address of person supplied, and the batch number, date and quantity of product supplied. The records should be kept for 2 years after the date of supply.

Companies or individuals who intend to sell or supply a cosmetic product in Singapore are required to notify the HSA. Before submitting a notification, they shall check that the ingredients in the cosmetic product comply with the requirements of the Annexes of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) and the labelling requirements. The notification shall be submitted by using the online Pharmaceutical Regulatory Information System (PRISM). An acknowledgement of notification email will be auto-generated and sent to the applicant's email address if notification has been submitted successfully. Only after the acknowledgement is received the product can be supplied.

Product notification is intended for cosmetic products only. Products notified with HSA that does not meet the cosmetic product's legal definition found in the First Schedule of the Health Products Act may be removed without notice. 

Notification is not required if:

  • a cosmetic product that is supplied solely as a sample in connection with any advertising, sponsorship or promotional activity; or
  • a cosmetic  product  that  is  supplied  solely  for  testing or  trial  use  in connection with any research or development of that product; or
  • a cosmetic  product  that  is  manufactured  by  or  in  accordance  with  the specifications of a medical practitioner, and supplied solely by that medical practitioner for the use of patients under his care.

Subsequent retention of the notification (re-notification) is required every year if the cosmetic product continues to be supplied in the market.

  • ASEAN Updates the Annexes of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive

      Official Release   30 Nov 2018   Winnie Xu

    Entries of cosmetic prohibited ingredients and permitted UV filter in ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) have been updated at the 29th ACSB Meeting...
  • [Market Analysis] Halal Cosmetics Market Rapid Growth Requires Further Regulatory Development

      ChemLinked Exclusive   9 Nov 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 requires development of a regulatory and certification system...
  • ASEAN Explains Revision of Cosmetic Directive

      ChemLinked Exclusive   18 Aug 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 meeting. Methylisothiazonlinone (M1 or MIT) in Rinse-off product,...
  • Cosmetic Packaging in Asia: A Brief Overview of Markets and Regulation

      Editorial   25 Jul 2017   Jo Zhou

    According to data from transparency market research, the cosmetic packaging market will be valued at 330 billion dollars by 2024. The Asian market will be the major contributor. Some Asian countries especially China issued specific standards for cosmetic...
  • ASEAN Revises and Supplements Cosmetic Ingredient Standards (2017-2018)

      ChemLinked Exclusive   6 Jul 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 Cosmetics Ingredients in Lists (2016-2017) on CL). ASEAN...
  • 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, and the rest will be implemented on 30 Nov 2017...
  • ASEAN Updates the Annexes of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive

      Official Release   30 Nov 2018   Winnie Xu

    Entries of cosmetic prohibited ingredients and permitted UV filter in ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) have been updated at the 29th ACSB Meeting...
  • 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 periods for different countries were simultaneously...
  • 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 31 Dec 2015 .

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  • [Market Analysis] Halal Cosmetics Market Rapid Growth Requires Further Regulatory Development

      ChemLinked Exclusive   9 Nov 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 requires development of a regulatory and certification system...
  • ASEAN Explains Revision of Cosmetic Directive

      ChemLinked Exclusive   18 Aug 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 meeting. Methylisothiazonlinone (M1 or MIT) in Rinse-off product,...
  • ASEAN Revises and Supplements Cosmetic Ingredient Standards (2017-2018)

      ChemLinked Exclusive   6 Jul 2017   Jo Zhou

    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 Cosmetics Ingredients in Lists (2016-2017) on CL). ASEAN...
  • 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, and the rest will be implemented on 30 Nov 2017...
  • 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 states of ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat...
  • 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 Directory (ACD).

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