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Taiwan updates the List of Preservatives in Cosmetic Products including the name and restriction of use. The regulation will be effective on July 1st, 2020.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & HouseholdNO. 016/20

 SG 01620 Cosmetics

On December 5, 2019, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Notice No.1081609206, which updated the List of Preservatives in Cosmetic Products referred to in Article 6(3) of Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act. 

The following summarizes the changes, which will enter into force on July 1, 2020. Products manufactured before June 30, 2020 (subject to the manufacturing date) can continue to be sold within the expiry date.

Table 1: Deletion of Preservatives

Chemical Name INCI Name CAS Number
Alkylisoquinolinium bromide 
(Lauryl isoquinolinium bromide) (2-Dodecylisoquinolin-2-iumbromide)
Lauryl isoquinolinium bromide 93-23-2
Cetylpyridinium chloride
Cetylpyridinium chloride
Methyldibromo glutaronitrile
Thiazolium, 3-heptyl-4-methyl-2-[2-(4-dimethylaminophenyl) ethenyl]-,iodide
Dimethylaminostyryl heptyl methyl thiazolium iodide
Photosensitizing dyes


Table 2: Amendment of the Name and Restriction on the Use of Preservatives

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SG 01620 Table 2


(1) For use other than as a preservative, see the List of Ingredients Restricted in Cosmetic Products 

(2) Not involved for children under 3 years of age, industries can judge whether the warning needs to be published based on the product attributes. However, the firm should take responsibility if the product harms consumers health because of lack of a warning

(3) For use other than as a preservative, see the List of Specific Purpose Ingredients in Cosmetic Products 


  1. List of Preservatives in Cosmetic Products

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

Industries should be aware that the name and restrictions of preservatives in cosmetic products has changed. The products manufactured after June 30th, 2020 must follow this regulation.

For enquiries, please contact:

Queenie TSE 
Assistant Technical Service Manager
T: +852 2765 3672

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