Taiwan Introduces Restrictions on the Use of Fifteen Substances in Cosmetics

Top Quote Taiwan introduces regulations to ban the use of fifteen substances, including safrole, in the manufacture of cosmetic products. The new rules come into effect on July 1, 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 06, 2018 - The Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has introduced regulations to ban the importation, manufacture, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing fifteen different substances.

    These are:
    1. Safrole/shikimol
    2. Verbena essential oils
    3. (Lippia citriodora Kunth.)
    4. Costus root oil
    5. (Saussurea lappa Clarke)
    6. Fig leaf absolute
    7. (Ficus carica L.)
    8. Alocasia cucullata (Lour.) Schott
    9. Amorphophallus rivieri Durieu (Amorphophallus konjac)
    10. Alocasia macrorrhiza (L.)Schott (Alocasia odora (Roxb.)K. Koch)
    11. Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don
    12. Cerbera manghas L.
    13. Ranunculus L., (Ranunculaceae)
    14. Crotalaria sessiliflora L.
    15. Dioscorea hispida Dennst.
    16. Gelsemium elegans Benth.
    17. Stellera chamaejasme L.
    18. Anemone hupehensis Lemoine

    In the main, the use of these ingredients is prohibited but there are minimal exemptions relating to safrole, verbena and amorphophallus rivieri durieu. In the case of the safrole, products containing the raw material which comes from lauraceae, with a content of safrole/shikimol not exceeding 100ppm in the final product, are permitted. In the case of verbena essential oils, verbena absolute is permitted, and for amorphophallus rivieri Durieu (Amorphophallus konjac), it can be used if it has undergone a refinery process and detoxification for food use.

    These restrictions were originally published in notice No. 1061608566 on December 8. 2017. The ban will come into force on July 1, 2018.

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    For further information contact:
    Queenie TSE
    Consumer and Retail
    Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
    Senior Technical Service Executive
    Email: crs.media ( @ ) sgs dot com
    Website: www.sgs.com/cpch

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