Thailand Cosmetics Regulations

The Cosmetic Act B.E. 2535 (1992) was the overarching cosmetic regulation in Thailand and remained unchanged for more than 20 years. As a member of ASEAN, Thailand was required to be adopted and implemented ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) in 2008. However, the Cosmetic Act B.E. 2535 did not fully align with the ACD. To change the status, an amended Act named Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558 (2015) implemented on September 9 2015. Since then, an improved notification system was established and the notification is valid for only 3 years other than life-time which will indirectly promote the development of cosmetic industry. The post-market surveillance becomes emphasis to cosmetic supervision.

Any individual wishing to manufacture, import for sale, or subcontract for the manufacture and sale of cosmetics must file a notification and only after the issuing of a notification receipt may the individual undertake the manufacture or import of cosmetics. A person who manufactures or imports cosmetic samples for the purpose of an exhibit or promotional display or for purpose of study, research or laboratory analysis shall be exempt from the requirement to obtain a notification receipt.

Manufacturers are required to comply with the ASEAN Guideline for Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices. The Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines are designated to help the manufacturers to improve or develop their practices in manufacturing cosmetic products. The guidelines cover various topics, namely definitions, personnel, premises, sanitation, equipment, raw materials and packaging materials, production procedures, quality control, documentation, product recall, internal audit, recording of product distribution, complaints and report of adverse product reaction, and product return. The Thai FDA will conduct corresponding inspections to ensure the standard of products manufactured. The Certification of Good Manufacturing Practices will be awarded to the qualified manufacturers.

All cosmetic products must have Thai legal labeling within 30 days after importation date before putting in market. Labels must bear the following information:

  • Product name: (Font size must be bigger than other content)
  • Type: (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, whitening skin care, etc)
  • Full ingredient list (FIL)
  • Direction for use
  • Manufacturer name + country or Importer name + address
  • Net content in metric (ml or gram): (Font size 2mm.(<50)3mm(50-200)4 mm.(200-1000) 5mm (1000 up)
  • Batch no
  • Manufacturing date
  • Expiry date (for products with shelf-life less than 30 months)
  • Warning (in accordance with MOPH notification)
  • Notification number

All the information contained on the label must be accurate and must not contain any information which could result in a serious misunderstanding; all information must be ethical and in keeping with Thai cultural norms. Information must be written in the Thai language and must be of a size that is easily legible; information may also be provided in a foreign language. Cosmetics imported for sale in the Kingdom are not required to have a Thai-language label on the packaging or wrapping at the time of customs inspection but a Thai-language label must be affixed prior to sale.

The labels of cosmetic products may present the claims of use within the scope of cosmetics similar to those claims presented in advertising. The manufacturers or importers must retain the profile of product information including the evidence supporting those claims. Claims must not indicate that the products have any pharmaceutical characteristics or capability to affect or alter human body’s functions or structure. Additionally, these claims must not indicate that those cosmetic products have the capability which, in fact, does not exist (overclaim) or is the cause of misunderstanding in their quality (misleading).

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