Amendment to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD)
In November 2019, new updates on annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) adopted by the 31st ACSB meeting.
SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care and HouseholdNO. 007/20
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.
|Changes||Annex||Substance||CAS Number||Summary of changes|
|Amendment||II / 221||Mercury and its compounds
|3 additional CAS No. are included.
|Amendment||III / 288
||5‐Chloro‐2‐(2,4- dichlorophenoxy) Phenol; Triclosan
||A remark to Singapore is updated.
||VI / 16||Thiomersal
||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)
|221||Mercury and its compounds
Table 2: Changes to List of Restricted Ingredients (Annex III)
|Field of application and/or use
||Maximum authorized concentration in ready for use preparation
|288||5‐Chloro‐2‐ (2,4‐ dichlorophenoxy)
CAS No. 3380‐34‐5
Singapore: Not permitted for non-preservative
Body soaps/Shower gels
Face powders and blemish concealers
Nail products for cleaning the
fingernails and toenails before the
application of artificial nail systems
Table 3: Changes to List of Preservatives Allowed (Annex VI)
||Substance||Maximum Authorized Concentration||Limitations and Requirements|
CAS No 38083‐17‐9
|(a) Hair lotions
(b) Face creams
(c) Foot care products
(d) Rinse‐off shampoo
- 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.
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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