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Amendment to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD)

SafeGuardSCosmetics Personal Care and HouseholdJanuary 16, 2020

In November 2019, new updates on annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) adopted by the 31st ACSB meeting.

At the 31st ACSB Meeting in November 2019, new updates were adopted to Annexes II, III, VI of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) on cosmetic products.

The following information summarizes the changes to cosmetic ingredient lists which are implemented immediately.

ChangesAnnex SubstanceCAS NumberSummary of changes
AmendmentII / 221Mercury and its compounds
3 additional CAS No. are included.
AmendmentIII / 288
5‐Chloro‐2‐(2,4- dichlorophenoxy) Phenol; Triclosan
A remark to Singapore is updated. 
VI / 16Thiomersal
Removal from preservative list. 
VI / 17
Phenylmercuric salts (including borate)
62-38-4 / 94-43-9 
Removal from preservative list.
VI / 32
1-(4-Chlorophenoxy)-1-(imidazol-1-yl)-3,3- dimethylbutan-2-one); Climbazole
Removal of symbol (+) as it has been included under Ref. No. 326 of Annex III for uses other than preservative. 

Table 1: Changes to List of Prohibited Ingredients (Annex II)

Ref No. Substance
CAS Number
221Mercury and its compounds

Table 2: Changes to List of Restricted Ingredients (Annex III)

Reference No.SubstanceRestrictions
Field of application and/or use
Maximum authorized concentration in ready for use preparation 
2885‐Chloro‐2‐ (2,4‐ dichlorophenoxy)

CAS No. 3380‐34‐5

Singapore: Not permitted for non-preservative
Hand soaps
Body soaps/Shower gels
Deodorants (non‐spray)
Face powders and blemish concealers
Nail products for cleaning the
fingernails and toenails before the
application of artificial nail systems
Hair Conditioners
Facial Cleansers
(b) Mouthwashes 0.2%

Table 3: Changes to List of Preservatives Allowed (Annex VI)

Reference No.
SubstanceMaximum Authorized Concentration Limitations and Requirements
Entry deleted   
Entry deleted
321‐(4‐Chlorophenoxy)‐1‐ (imidazol‐1‐yl)‐3,3‐

CAS No 38083‐17‐9
(a) 0.2%
(b) 0.2%
(c) 0.2%
(d) 0.5%
(a) Hair lotions
(b) Face creams
(c) Foot care products
(d) Rinse‐off shampoo


  1. Updates to the Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive adopted at the 31st ASEAN Cosmetic Committee Meeting

It is crucial for all cosmetic, personal care and household products to be safe effective and stable. SGS provides testing, inspection, auditing and consulting services to manufacturers, distributors and importers to ensure a high level of product quality in every area. Our state of the art laboratories offer custom-made solutions for chemical, biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. We also have extensive capabilities in performance testing, claim support studies and consumer panels. Our testing is conducted according to customer specific or recognized standard methods, some of which were developed by SGS. Our cosmetic safety assessors and other technical experts can support customers by making sure new products comply with regulatory requirements.

Next Step

Industry should keep updates to the ACD annexes in order to ensure that their cosmetic ingredients are complied with the latest regulatory requirement, especially the use of preservatives, Phenylmercuric salts (including borate) and Thiomersal, which are no longer allowed.

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Queenie Ho-yan TSE 
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