Key Regulatory Changes in 2021 Across 5 Countries

The global regulatory landscape for cosmetic products is ever evolving with stringent, country specific laws and regulations coming in to place. This puts significant responsibility on the shoulders of regulatory personnel within cosmetic companies to stay on top of global regulatory updates and align their market strategy. Here are some key regulatory changes in 2021 that has potential impact business.

Malaysia: Updated Halal Rules

In January 2021, Malaysia’s Halal Certification procedures Manual (MPPHM), Halal Management System (MHMS), and Halal Standards came into effect. These documents contain halal certification procedures, internal halal control requirements, and halal standards. The big and medium-sized companies will be required to attend the internal Halal Competency Training once every three years.


China: Labelling and Efficacy Claims

Under the new regulation updated by PRC Regulations for Cosmetic Supervision and Administration (CSAR) that took effect on 1 January 2021, cosmetic labels (must be in Chinese) are prohibited from stating that products have a medical function. They must not encompass false or misleading information that could possibly deceive a consumer. The efficacy claims for the product must be supported with evidence, testing, or research data that can be made publicly available on the NMPA website for all to review.

Indonesia: List of Forms and Types of Cosmetics

All cosmetic manufacturers must obtain a production license before manufacturing cosmetics which are divided into two categories. 

Class A Production License grants rights to manufacture all forms and types of cosmetics. 

Class B Production License grants restricted rights which are limited to certain types and forms of cosmetics. On 26 February 2021, Indonesia implemented the amended List of Forms and Types of Cosmetics Allowed for Production by Manufacturers with Class B Production Licenses. 

Argentina: Banned Plastic Microbeads

As per Law 27602, Argentina has banned, effective from 29 December 2022, the production, importation, and commercialization of cosmetic and dental hygiene products containing intentionally added plastic microbeads. 

Europe: Microplastics and Digital Service

The final REACH (Restriction on Microplastics) is anticipated to come into force in 2022.

Another important regulatory shift to watch will be around the Single Market for Digital Services proposal for the EU that came out in December 2020.

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