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Recap of 2022: Top 10 Cosmetic Regulatory News in the Asia Pacific Region

2022 was an eventful year in Asia Pacific's cosmetic sector, during which we witnessed many significant cosmetic regulation updates. Upon the end of 2022, ChemLinked picked out the top 10 most important updates.

1. China Drafts the Safety and Technical Standard for Cosmetics 2022 (STSC 2022)

On March 31, 2022, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released the draft of Safety and Technical Standard for Cosmetics 2022(the draft STSC 2022) for public comments, which is devised to supersede the existing overarching technical standard STSC 2015.

The draft STSC 2022 inherits the basic framework of STSC 2015. Still, it overhauls the original content, including revising the content that is unsuitable for the current supervision practice, retaining the content that is still applicable, incorporating the previous revisions for STSC 2015, as well as standardizing and improving some terms and expressions.

2. South Korea’s Amendments to Cosmetic Ingredient Use Requirements

On April 1, 2022, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) unveiled the updated Regulation on Safety Standards, etc., for Cosmetics. Seven kinds of perfluorinated compounds and persistent pollutants are newly specified as prohibited ingredients. New restricted colorants in hair dye products and their use limits are added. The regulation also clarifies the exemption situations that allow the use of radioactive substances, THC and CBD, as well as a fluorescent whitening agent in cosmetic products.

Then on September 5, 2022, MFDS published a notice to solicit public opinions on the modifications of Regulation on Safety Standards, etc., for Cosmetics. Five hair dye ingredients are proposed as prohibited for they are possibly genotoxic according to the authority's regular inspection results.

3. Japan Revises Positive List of Quasi-drug Additives

On December 23, 2022, Japan issued two announcements to revise positive lists of quasi-drug additives, including "The Positive List of Additives in Hair Dyes" and "The Positive List of Quasi-drug Additives". The changes came into effect on January 1, 2023. Details are as follows:

Additives in hair dyes:

  • Deleting additive No. 1583 Methylrosanilinium Chlorid;

  • Revising the English name of 14 additives; 

Quasi-drug additives:

  • Deleting additive No. 1172 Stearyl Dimethyl Amine, and No.2323 Methylrosanilinium Chloride;

  • Revising the English name of two additives;

  • Amending the information of six additives (including name, ingredient code and name in JSQI 2021);

Currently, there are a total of 1,848 additives that can be used in hair dye products and 2,746 additives that can be used in quasi-drug products.

4. Taiwan Implements a New List of Prohibited Ingredients in Cosmetics

On July 1, 2022, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) officially implemented the latest version of the List of Prohibited Ingredients in Cosmetics. The list deletes Bithionol and Beryllium and Its Compounds due to entry duplication, and adds four ingredients, namely Alanroot Oil (Inula Helenium L.), Rauwolfia Serpentina L., Alkaloids and Their Salts, Yohimbine and Its Salts, and Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook.f.

From the effective date, the manufacture, import, sale, supply, and display of cosmetics containing the ingredients in the list are strictly prohibited.

5. South Korea Issues the Guideline on Reporting Functional Cosmetic

On November 21, 2022, South Korea unveiled a notice to solicit public opinion on the new Guideline on Submission of Reporting Functional Cosmetic. The Guideline drafts the procedures to submit the report and the instructions for filling in the report in different situations. On December 1, the authority released the official version of the Guideline.

6. ASEAN Amends Cosmetic Ingredient Requirements in the Annexes of ACD

During the 35th ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) meeting, ASEAN adopted several new changes to cosmetic ingredients in the Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD):

1) Annex II: List of prohibited ingredients – 1 added and 1 revised

2) Annex III: List of restricted ingredients – 1 added and 10 revised

3) Annex VI: List of permitted preservatives – 1 added and 2 revised

7. China Releases Several CSAR Subsidiary Regulations

On January 1, 2021, China’s updated overarching cosmetic regulation Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) came into effect. In 2022, China released seven CSAR subsidiary regulations. Details are shown in the following table.

Regulation Name


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Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics

The Practices are divided into nine chapters with two annexes, covering all aspects of cosmetic production and quality control such as ingredients, personnel, equipment, sanitation, inspection, packaging, storage, transportation, sales and recall. The implementation of the Practices indicates that cosmetics production in China will enter a more standardized era.

July 1, 2022

China Implements the Finalized Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics

Measures for the   Management of Cosmetic Adverse Reaction Monitoring

The Measures is China’s first regulation specifically for the management of cosmetic adverse reaction monitoring. It consists of 7 Chapters and 47 Articles, making systematic requirements for cosmetic adverse reaction monitoring from the aspects of responsibilities and obligations, adverse reaction reporting, analysis and evaluation, as well as adverse reaction investigation, supervision and management, etc.

October 1, 2022

China Finalizes the Regulations for Cosmetic Adverse Reaction Monitoring

Inspection Points and Judgment Principles of Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices

The Points consists of 105 inspection points, and sets separate inspection items for manufacturing and entrusting enterprises. Besides, it introduces the judgment principles of cosmetics regulatory departments, offering enterprises guidance on complying with the Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics.

December 1, 2022

China Finalizes Inspection Pointsand Judgment Principles of Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices

Technical Guidelines for Children Cosmetics (Draft for Comments)

The Guidelines is formulated to provide technical guidance for the registrant, notifier, and Chinese domestic responsible person when applying for the registration and notification of children cosmetics. It also aims to provide the basis for competent authorities' technical review of special children cosmetics and post-notification review of general children cosmetics.


China Consults on Technical Guidelines for Children Cosmetics: Stricter Ingredient Use and Labeling Requirements

Measures for the   Management of Cosmetic Sampling Testing (Draft for Comments)

The Measures spells out the requirements for and procedures of sampling testing, and   corresponding obligations of all stakeholders.


China to Issue New Regulations for Cosmetic Sampling Testing

Technical Guidelines for Special Cosmetics with Freckle-removing and Whitening Efficacy   (Draft for Comments)

The Guidelines integrates the regulatory requirements for “freckle-removing and   whitening cosmetics” in CSAR and its subsidiary regulations, including product definition, scope, requirements for using freckle-removing and whitening agents, prohibited claims, safety assessment, and efficacy evaluation. It provides the basis for registrants to prepare registration documents, and for the technical review department to review registration documents.


China Consults on Technical Guidelines for Special Cosmetics with Freckle-removing and Whitening Efficacy

Supervision and   Administration Measures on Online Operation of Cosmetics (Draft for Comments)

The Measures comprehensively and systematically stipulates the management requirements on cosmetics e-commerce platforms, cosmetics operators on the platforms, and supervision and administration departments.


China Drafts the First Regulation on the Supervision for Cosmetics’ Online Operation

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On January 7, 2022, Indonesia released and implemented the finalized Technical Requirements for Cosmetics Claims, replacing the previous 2015 version. The regulation clarifies requirements for cosmetic claims and attaches two lists of examples of prohibited and permitted claim. Claims that have been labeled or published prior to January 7, 2022, must comply with the finalized regulation before January 8, 2023.

9. Philippines to Modify the Requirements for Licensing and Inspection of Health Products, Cosmetics Included

On October 3, 2022, Philippine FDA launched the second round of consultation on the draft amendment to Administrative Order No. 2020-0017. Compared with the first draft, supplements are added to further clarify the requirements for the Qualified Person (QP) and the License to Operate (LTO) application. To ensure a smooth transition, Philippine FDA also sets transitional provisions for concerned establishments.

10. Thailand Updates the Cannabis and Hemp Regulations for Cosmetics

On June 9, 2022, Thai FDA released the revised criteria and requirements for the registration of cannabis and hemp-based cosmetics as well as a checklist of required registration documents. On June 22, 2022, it issued the cannabis cosmetic certificate templates and a Q&A collection. According to above documents, only four types of Thai domestic cannabis and hemp ingredients are allowed for use in cosmetics in Thailand. The four ingredients are:

  • Hemp seed oil or hemp seed extract with a THC content no more than 0.2% w/w;

  • The bark, stem, fiber, branch, root, and leaf (without flowers and inflorescence) of cannabis and hemp, as well as the hemp seed;

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) extracts with a THC content no more than 0.2% w/w;

  • Terpenes derived from cannabis or hemp.

Recap Webinar of the Year 2022

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