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This application is a service of the Singapore Government.

Health Sciences Authority

Overview

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Cosmetic Products Regulation

In Singapore, a Cosmetic Product is defined as any substance or preparation that is intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body e.g. skin, hair, nails, lips, or mouth including gums, teeth, tongue, for the purpose of cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, correcting body odours or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.

Please use our classification guide to check if your product is a cosmetic product.

The following cannot be considered Cosmetic Products:

  • Injections and eye-drops
  • Products that are consumed orally e.g. tablets, capsules or beverages
  • Products that are intended for treatment e.g. acne treatment creams

HSA regulates cosmetic products in Singapore under the Health Products Act (HPA) and its Health Products (Cosmetic Products — ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007 (“the Regulations”). The Regulations are in line with the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD), which adopts similar regulatory principles and requirements as the European Union (EU) regulations on cosmetic products. 

Under the current law, companies dealing with cosmetic products are directly responsible for the safety and quality of their products. They are to ensure that the products they are supplying comply with the requirements under the law.

Companies must notify the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) by submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification prior to supplying a cosmetic product locally.  This is to facilitate regulatory follow-up if safety concerns arise. As cosmetic products are not evaluated by HSA, the product notification should not be misconstrued as product certification or registration by HSA.  

 

Supplying Cosmetic Products in Singapore - Process at a glance: 

The following flowchart is to guide you on the required actions in order to supply cosmetic products in Singapore:

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Before Submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification

Check that the ingredients in your cosmetic product comply with the requirements of the Annexes of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD)

  • The Annexes of ACD list prohibited and restricted ingredients, including permitted colouring agents, preservatives or UV filters.

Check that your product comply with labelling requirements

Submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification

Apply for Client Registration and Identification Service (CRIS)  Account

  • CRIS account allows companies to authorise their employees or third party service providers to access HSA's E-services (e.g. PRISM) to perform electronic transactions on behalf of the companies.

Submit a new Cosmetic Product Notification in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Information System (PRISM)

  • prism@hsa gives users the convenience of carrying out transactions with the HSA and searching for related information online.
  • Refer to the Step-by-step Guide on Notification Procedures on how to submit product notification.
  • Facing technical issues?  Contact HSA helpdesk at helpdesk@hsahelp.gov.sg or call 67760168.
  • An acknowledgement of notification email will be auto-generated and sent to the applicant’s email address if notification has been submitted successfully. You may start selling your cosmetic product upon receipt of the acknowledgement of notification.
After Submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification

Responsibilities of the company

  • Sellers of cosmetic products are responsible for the safety and quality of their products. Cosmetic products should not contain adulterants or prohibited substances and they should not breach the limits for specified substances.
  • Maintain records of supply of the cosmetic products for 2 years.
  • Submit safety and technical information when requested by HSA.
  • Monitor and report adverse events and recalls to HSA. For the reporting form and guide, please click here.

Re-Notification is required after 1 year

  • The Notification is valid for only 1 year. Click here to renew the Notification.

Cancel Notification

  • No longer selling the product? Click here to cancel the notification.

Submit Amendment to amend Applicant Details, Company Information or Manufacturer Details

For more information on the controls of Cosmetic Products in Singapore, please refer to Guidelines on the Control of Cosmetic Products

 

 

Frequently Used Links

RegBasics

 

Notification Basics

Guidelines on the Control of Cosmetic Products (Updated June 2017)

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AppTools

 

Application Tools

Classification Guide for Cosmetic Products

Step-by-step Guide:

PRISM
e-Service for notification of cosmetic products

Online Infosearch
Search notified cosmetic products


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Safety Reporting

Report of adverse events by doctor