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Cosmetic products to be regulated from 1 Jan 2008



The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) will be implementing the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) in Singapore from 1 January 2008.
Cosmetic products, which are currently regulated under the Medicines Act, will be the second category of health products following medical devices to be regulated under the Health Products Act (HPA).
The ACD, which resulted from an ASEAN-wide initiative to harmonise the regulation of cosmetic products, was acceded to by the ASEAN Member Countries.
Under the ACD, it safeguards public health and safety in using cosmetics products through a set of harmonised standards and requirements.
All member countries are obliged to implement the ACD by 1 January 2008. HSA views the ACD as an opportunity for greater collaboration in ASEAN and is revising the existing regulatory framework for cosmetic products to harmonise with the ACD standards.
The ACD aligns itself closely with the internationally recognised EU Cosmetic Directive. This raises the overall safety and quality standards of cosmetic products and is timely given the increasingly higher consumer expectations for safer and better products.
In addition, the presence of a regional ASEAN Post-Marketing Alert System (PMAS) will further enhance safety monitoring and information on unsafe products. This is strengthened by global links with counterpart agencies outside ASEAN that enable quick response to product alerts.
The key features under the impending Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations are summarised in the following table:

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Effective from 1 January 2008, all new products must comply with the ACD requirements and notify HSA prior to sale.
All existing products that are currently sold in the local market will be given 12 months to notify HSA and to fully comply with the requirements by 1 Jan 2011.
With the strengthened standards required under the ACD framework, cosmetic products will have higher standards for safety and quality.
Emerging concerns on product safety will be more adequately addressed by the ASEAN Cosmetic Committee via an ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body. The enhanced cosmetic labelling will also enable consumers to make better informed decisions in their purchases.
Through the presence of a notification system, HSA will be able to progressively build an up-to-date cosmetic database of all products available locally. In the event of a product recall or concern over an unsafe product, the product can be more swiftly removed from the market.
With ACD implementation, HSA continues to carry out focused post-market surveillance and monitoring. Together with the ASEAN PMAS and global signals alert, any unsafe products can be picked up faster. In addition, with the stiffer penalties provided under the HPA, the overall safety of cosmetics is expected to be better managed.
For more details on the ACD, please access:
HSA’s website at, under “Health Products Regulation”, select "Cosmetic Products" and click on "ASEAN Cosmetic Directive"
For any industry enquiries on ACD, please contact:
Cosmetics Control Unit, Health Products Regulation Group, HSA at Tel: (65) 68663474 or Email:


21 NOVEMBER 2007

Source: Press Release 21 Nov 2007

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