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Malaysia Amends Cosmetic Ingredient Use Requirements: 42 Prohibited Ingredients Added and 3 Ingredients Revised

The main amendments include: 1) Annexe II: List of Prohibited Ingredients – 42 added 2) Annexe IV: List of Permitted Colorants – 1 revised 3) Annexe VI: List of Permitted Preservatives – 1 revised 4) Annexe VII: List of Permitted UV Filters – 1 revised

On Jan. 12, 2023, Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) released Circular No. 1/2023 Information on the Updated Status of Ingredients in the Annexe of the Guidelines for Control of Cosmetic Products in Malaysia. 1 According to the Circular, 42 prohibited ingredients are added; 1 permitted colorant, 1 permitted preservative and 1 permitted UV filter are revised.

Detailed amendments to each annexe are as follows (the text in red indicates changes to the previous lists).

1. Adding 42 prohibited ingredients to Annexe II List of Prohibited Ingredients

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