Taiwan FDA has reemphasized its ban on asbestos in cosmetics, after products circulating on the market required recall due to asbestos content.
Recently, a Taiwan company called Tjcosmetic was required to recall two batches of beauty products because Taiwan Food and Drug Administration detected asbestos fibers.
TFDA emphasized that asbestos fibers are a prohibited ingredient in Taiwan. To further manage the cosmetics sector and safeguard against future occurrences, TFDA released a new version of Method of Identification for Asbestos Fibers in Cosmetics.
Here is the recommended testing method:
|Scope of application||This testing method is to test asbestos fiber in cosmetic products, including actinolite, amosite, anthophy llite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite.|
|Testing method||After the sample is cleaned and ashed by solvent, a transmission electron microscope (TEM) or a scanning electron microscope (SEM) is used together with an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS) to test the sample.|
TFDA also emphasizes that manufacturers and importers should obey Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and build Product Information Files as required by the new overarching act Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act.
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