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Taiwan Reemphasize Asbestos Ban in Cosmetics

  •   7 Aug 2019
  •    Ye Chen
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    Takehome:
    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 applicationThis testing method is to test asbestos fiber in cosmetic products, including actinolite, amosite, anthophy llite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite.
    Testing methodAfter 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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    Ye Chen is a cosmetic editor in the ChemLinked team, whose major job is to interpret, track and analyze the latest cosmetic regulatory and marketing changes in China and the rest of the Asia Pacific area. Her main focus is in mainland China, Taiwan (district) and Australia.

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