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Japan Consults on the Addition of a New UV Absorber in Standards for Cosmetics

  •   8 Nov 2018
  •    Winnie Xu
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    On Nov. 1, Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) issued an announcement to amend Appendix 4 in the Standards for Cosmetics with the addition of a new UV absorber and its maximum limit. In Japan, preservatives, UV absorbers and tar colors are subject to a positive list. Only UV absorbers listed in Appendix 4 are permitted for use in cosmetics.

    The amendment is open for public consultation until Nov. 30 and is expected to come into force in March next year. Any advice or suggestions can be submitted to MHLW via the online feedback system, or by fax at 03-3597-9535, or by mail to 1 Chome-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8916.

    Specifics of the new UV absorber are as follows:

    Ingredient name

    Maximum amount (g) of ingredient per 100g

    Cosmetics not used for mucosa and to be washed away

    Cosmetics not used for mucosa and not to be washed away

    Cosmetics that may be used for mucosa

    2-methylphenyl 4-methoxycinnamate





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