Vietnam Cosmetics Regulation

As one member state of ASEAN, Vietnam fully implemented the ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Directive (ACD). The establishments who deliver the product to the market must guarantee that their products shall be harmless for people’s health and the producer or the owner must have obligation in evaluating the safety of every cosmetic product in accordance with the ASEAN safety norm. The heavy metal limit and the microorganisms in the cosmetic must satisfy the ASEAN’s requirements and the cosmetic Ingredients must satisfy the Appendix requirements.

According to the Article 2.1 of Schedule B of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, cosmetic product refer to a substance or a preparation which is used for touch with outside parts of human body (skin, hair system, finger nails, toenails, lip, and outside reproduction organ) or teeth and mouth mucous membrane with main purpose in order to cleanse, aromatize, change the outward characteristics, form, adjust body’s smell, safeguard body, or maintain the human body in good condition.

Aspect

Description

Applied body part

Outside parts of human body (skin, hair system, finger nails, toenails, lip, and outside reproduction organ) or teeth and mouth mucous membrane

Function and purposes of use

To cleanse, aromatize, change the outward characteristics, form, adjust body’s smell, safeguard body, or maintain the human body in good condition

In Vietnam, domestic cosmetics and imported cosmetic are required to go through procedures of notification prior to being sold in the market. Organizations or individuals selling the cosmetic product on the market are permitted when being issued the number of cosmetic product notification receiving by the authority agencies. The organization or individuals are also responsible for safety, effectiveness, and quality of product. Organizations, individuals who are responsible for putting products on market are organizations, individuals have name written in the cosmetic product announcement dossier and be responsible for cosmetics product in the market and must have the function of cosmetic business in Vietnam.

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