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Taiwan bans the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing barium salts, except barium sulfate, barium sulfide, infusible salts for colorants, lakes and pigments; and at the same time, tightens the Cadmium restriction.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 083/18

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Following publication of draft regulation No. 1061606708 on September 28, 2017, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) published official notice no. 1071601490, banning the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing barium salts, except barium sulfate, barium sulfide, infusible salts for colorants, lakes and pigments. The ban will be effective from September 1, 2018.

At the same time, the technically unavoidable limit of Cadmium is lowered from 20ppm to 5ppm as amended in official notice no. 1071601133, the new limit has been in force since March 28, 2018.

These two amendments have been incorporated into the List of prohibited substances in cosmetic products (March 28, 2018 version).

Notice No. Substance Name Requirement Implementation Date
1071601490 Barium salts, except barium sulfate, barium sulfide, infusible salts for colorants, lakes and pigments Prohibited September 1, 2018
1071601133 Cadmium Shall not exceed 5ppm in cosmetic products March 28, 2018

Next step:

With immediate effect manufacturers shall pay special attention to the heavy metal content of new production batches.

Source:

  1. List of prohibition of substances in cosmetics products, version 2018/3/29 [1]

  2. Notice No. 1071601490 [2]

  3. Notice No. 1071601133 [3]

For enquiries, please contact:

Queenie TSE

Consumer and Retail
Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
Senior Technical Service Executive
t: +852 2765 3672 (ext 1672)

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