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[Updated] Indonesia to Amend Cosmetic Ingredient Use Requirements: 7 Newly Permitted Ingredients and 230 Newly Prohibited Ingredients

On Mar. 29, 2022, Indonesia BPOM released the second draft amendments to Technical Requirements for Cosmetics Ingredients for public consultation. The main amendments include 1) revising the scope of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, and adding 230 prohibited ingredients; 2) revising the use requirements for other ingredients (ingredients not listed in Appendix I) and natural ingredients; 3) adding 5 restricted ingredients and deleting 1 restricted ingredient; 4) adding 2 permitted sunscreens.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 14, 2021, and was updated on Apr. 15, 2022, as per the latest developments.

Background: Current Ingredient Use Requirements

Cosmetic ingredients in Indonesia shall comply with Technical Requirements for Cosmetic Ingredients and its appendices:

  • Appendix I: restricted ingredients

  • Appendix II: permitted colorants with limitations and conditions of use (not include hair dyes only for dyeing hair)

  • Appendix III: permitted preservatives with limitations and conditions of use

  • Appendix IV: permitted sunscreens with limitations and conditions of use

  • Appendix V: prohibited ingredients

Prohibited cosmetic ingredients in Indonesia are:

  • Ingredients listed in Appendix I that do not comply with the allowable limit and conditions of use;

  • Ingredients listed in Appendix II, III and IV that do not comply with the specified requirements; 

  • Colorants, preservatives, and sunscreens not listed in Appendix II, III, and IV;

  • Prohibited ingredients listed in Appendix V.

Notes:

  • Other cosmetic ingredients not listed in Appendix I (hereafter referred to as “other ingredients”) can be used as long as it meets the safety, efficacy, and quality requirements. Relevant scientific or empirical evidence is required to provide and be included in Product Information File (PIF).

  • When natural ingredients not listed in Appendix II, III, and IV are used as colorants, preservatives, or sunscreens in cosmetics (hereafter referred to as “natural ingredients”), relevant scientific or empirical evidence is required to provide and be included in PIF.

Compared to the first draft, changes in the second draft are marked in red below.

Main Amendments in the Draft

1. Revise the scope of prohibited cosmetic ingredients and add 230 prohibited cosmetic ingredients

The draft stipulates that the prohibited ingredients for cosmetics are:

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