Cosmetic Forum on Regulation and Industrial Trend in Southeast Asia
On March 24th, 2021 Trad&Corp attended the online Cosmetic Forum on Regulation and Industrial Trend in Southeast Asia organized by Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries Promotion Office (BPIPO), in partnership with Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS). Here below a summary of what you need to remember.
ASEAN harmonized Cosmetics Regulation
The ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) is an agreement among ten ASEAN nations to harmonize requirements of cosmetic products. Implemented in Singapore since 1 January 2008, the ACD agreement aim to ensure safety, quality and efficacy of Cosmetics as well as eliminate trade restrictions to facilitate free movement of Cosmetics in ASEAN region.
ASEAN Member Countries – source: Wikimedia.org
How to manage on Cosmetics in Thailand?
Implemented on September 9th 2015, the current Cosmetics Act B.E. 2558 is what control the Cosmetic regulation now in Thailand.
As Thailand is part of ASEAN and signed to ACD, they should share information among ASEAN but also, at a global level, attend the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) as observer regulators and as a participating member attend the ISO/TC 217 Cosmetic, which aims to Standardization in the field of cosmetic products.
How to import Cosmetics in Vietnam?
As a member state of ASEAN, Vietnam also implemented the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) by the release of Circular 06/2011/TT-BYT Providing Cosmetic Management on January 25th, 2011. To import a Cosmetic product in Vietnam, the company should comply the official process including the application to Cosmetic product proclamation and labelling. As in the case of Thailand, every cosmetic product must have a Product Information File (PIF) when delivered to the market per the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive. The PIF shall be kept at the address of organizations or individuals who are responsible for putting the product on the market.
The control of Cosmetics in Malaysia
In Malaysia, Cosmetics are mainly controlled under multiple acts: the Sale of Drugs Act (1952), the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations (CDCR 1984),and Poisons Act (1952). The control of Cosmetics ensures the safety of the products and avoid the prevalence of substandard products in the market. Plus, it ensures that consumers are given sufficient and complete information in order to make informed choices and understand the proper use of the product thanks to sufficient data.
Some latest regulation includes restriction on product for intimate hygiene (2010), the prohibition of cosmetic for use around eye in dropper or spray form (2010), the restriction on the appearance of healthcare professional in cosmetic advertisement (2011) and restriction on slimming products (2011).
Trends and latest regulations on Cosmetics in Taiwan
To make sure the cosmetic product is consistently produced and controlled according to quality standard, they should abide by Good Manufacturing Practice which corresponds to the ISO 22716 (2007).
However, the legislation regarding Cosmetics regulation is full changing. For the future, the pre-market review tends to be replace by more Industrial self-management and Post-market surveillance in order to simplify reviewing process.
For example, on November 9th 2019, a new Act came into force for Animal testing ban.
Indonesia: cosmetics market overview and trends
International brand companies dominate the Indonesian cosmetics market. But international brand in average price do not import directly from overseas. Instead, they are produced locally thanks to the short and cheaper process period for local manufacturers (applying to BPOM).
The three major facts to take into account are: National Day is a key day to trade new products in the market. Plus, the role of social media (mainly Instagram and Facebook) is crucial to enter efficiently in the market. Finally, the Halal Cosmetics sector represents a huge potential development for the Indonesian market and must be certify under Halal Products certification Agency (BPJPH).
In brief, Cosmetics market in ASEAN countries is a potentially increasing market for foreign brands, Europeans ones as well as Asian ones. In order to harmonize requirements on cosmetic products, since 2008 Cosmetics products are regulated by ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) including labelling and Good Manufacture Practices. However, each country has national act or regulation update, depending on their own market, but in accordance with ACD agreement.
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