Tougher Regulations for Cosmetic Products in Asia

In Singapore, the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) introduced tougher regulation for cosmetic products beginning January 1, 2008 under the Asean Cosmetic Directive (ACD) with the goal of promoting higher standards for safety and quality. Going forward, all cosmetic products, toothpastes, soaps, shampoos, make up and perfume will be regulated under the Health Products Act, instead of the Medicines Act. Companies must notify the HAS of all cosmetic products regardless of their product category.

The ACD is also calling for an expanded list of prohibited substances, as well as, permitted additives and detailed labeling to include information on ingredient-related precautions. Manufacture and expiration dates, as well as, handling precautions must also be listed. Fines of up to $100,000 and possible jail sentences are levied against those found guilty of adulterating products, using banned ingredients and/or preservatives.