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Brazil: Anvisa Changes Cosmetics Labeling Rules

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Brazil's National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) issued a resolution requiring that the composition of hygiene products, cosmetics and perfumes appear in Portuguese on the labeling.

From November next year, the labels of cosmetic products sold in Brazil will have to be labeled with a Portuguse translation of their list of ingredients. This translation will be added to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) list currently required.

According to the article 1 of the resolution RDC No 432, approved by the collegial council of the Agency, the text was adopted because of a court decision in a civil action.

Ingredients List in Portuguese

According to article 2, "personal hygiene products, cosmetics and perfumes marketed in Brazil must be labeled with the list of their ingredients in Portuguese, without prejudice to other requirements provided for in the regulations in force.”

Consequently, the INCI remains mandatory and must appear on the products. The Portuguese translation and the INCI list will thus coexist on the label.

In fact, the composition in Portuguese may be included either on the product's original label or in a complementary label, provided that the integrity of the colors and the material with which the label is made is guaranteed, in order to prevent it from being partially or totally removed.

The measure was published in the Federal Official Journal on November 5, 2020 and comes into force a year from this date, on November 5, 2021.

Products manufactured before November 5, 2021 can be marketed without a list of ingredients in Portuguese until their respective expiration dates.

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