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[Updated] Fragrance Allergens Labeling Regulations for Cosmetics in Global Major Countries

Some consumers may be allergic to ingredients in a cosmetic product. To assist consumers in selecting safe products, some countries require manufacturers to indicate certain allergens on the ingredients list. ChemLinked has compiled the information on the major countries that have regulations on fragrance allergen labeling and their specific labeling requirements.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 2, 2023, and was updated on August 1, 2023, as per the latest developments. The updated section is highlighted in red.


1. Chinese Mainland

Adult Cosmetics

In 2018, the National Committee on the Assessment of the Protected Traditional Chinese Medicinal Products (Center for Food Evaluation, State Administration for Market Regulation), commented on the issue of cosmetic fragrance allergen labeling on their official website.

Cosmetic products often contain fragrances or vegetable oils, in which allergens may exist. In some countries/regions, such as the European Union (EU), manufacturers are required to label allergens above a certain concentration on the product label to warn consumers. If such products are sold in the Chinese market, the enterprise must include the warning "This product/ ** ingredient contains [allergen]" in the "precautions" section on the Chinese label. However, such ingredients are not allowed to be listed in the "full ingredients" section, unless they are added separately to the formula.

Children Cosmetics

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