Biweekly Updates of Global Regulations on Cosmetics


                    Korea Released Guidance on the Evaluation of the Cosmetics Pigments

On 1 November 2022, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) release the Guidance on the Evaluation of the Cosmetics Pigments, clarifying evaluation methods for 10 pigments used in cosmetics such as lipstick, eye shadow, etc. This guidance can prevent the illegal manufacture and sale of cosmetics, and therefore safeguard the safe use of cosmetics for consumers. 


Ireland Published Guide to Appeals under Cosmetic Product Legislation 

On 4 November 2022, the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority published a guide to appeals under cosmetic products legislation. This guide provides information on the procedure for appealing the issue of notices or measures and on the procedure for written or oral representations the appellant may wish to make.

The guide, and the procedures described in it, do not cover prohibition orders. Appeals against prohibition orders can be made to a judge of the District Court in the district in which the prohibition order was served.


UK Government Extends Deadline for Applying UKCA

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking has been introduced as part of the UK’s own robust regulatory framework. It shows that products comply with UK product safety regulations which are designed to protect consumers.

However, given the difficult economic conditions created by post-pandemic shifts in demand and supply, alongside Putin’s war in Ukraine and the associated high energy prices, the government does not want to burden businesses with the requirement to meet the original (31 December 2022) deadline.

The government will continue to recognize the CE marking for 2 years, therefore allowing businesses until 31 December 2024 to prepare for the UKCA marking. Businesses can also use the UKCA marking, giving them the flexibility to choose which marking to apply.


US Issued Cosmetics Labeling Claims

On 21 November 2022, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a cosmetics labeling claim. Under the law, information on cosmetic labeling, including claims, must be truthful and not misleading. In addition, if a product is marketed with claims for purposes such as treating or preventing disease, or affecting the structure or function of the body—including the skin—it’s a drug according to the law, and it must meet the requirements for drugs, even if it affects the appearance.


Canada Released Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients 

On 3 November 2022, The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist (Hotlist) is an administrative tool that Health Canada uses to communicate to manufacturers and others that certain substances may be prohibited or restricted for use in cosmetics. The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist consists of two distinct tables, one for ingredients identified as being prohibited and another for those identified as being restricted.


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