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Similarities and Differences Between ASEAN and European Cosmetic Regulations

Tuesday , 10th May 2022

ASEAN or Association of South East Asian Nations is a political, economic and cultural organization operating by consensus among its member states. It includes ten countries of Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

In 1998, ASEAN cosmetics regulators and industry representatives established a working group to address issues related to trade barriers for the cosmetics sector. As a result of this collaboration, ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) has been in force since January 1, 2008, which is based on the former European Union Directive 76/768/EEC and aims to harmonize requirements for cosmetic products. 

Thus, there are many similarities between the EU Cosmetic Regulation and the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, among them the definitions of a cosmetic product, the requirements for Product Information File and safety assessment. But there are also differences that should be taken into account before putting cosmetics on the ASEAN market. 

All these knowledge will be detailed by Marie MAGNAN, from COSMED, during the webinar. 


1. Historical Background and Presentation of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive

2. Similarities and Differences Between EU and ASEAN Cosmetic Regulations

  2.1 Definition

  2.2 Regulated substances

  2.3 Notification

  2.4 Product Information File and safety assessment

3. Main National Specificities Within ASEAN

4. Evolution of the Directive and Inspiration from the EU

  *The final outline may be subjected to subtle revision

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  • Regulatory Affairs Manager at COSMED
    Marie MAGNAN is regulatory affairs manager at COSMED, and specialised in cosmetic regulations in the EU and Asia-Oceania areas. She joined Cosmed after working 5 years in the cosmetic and perfume industry. Now, as part of Cosmed Regulatory Team, she works on various cosmetic laws and provides advices to companies through Cosmed Regulatory Watch, an extensive database on cosmetic regulation in 120 countries, with real-time alerts and assistance.