The Cosmetics Control Unit (CCU), which was set up since November 1995, is responsible for the administration of the regulations for cosmetic products.
With effect from 1 January 2008, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has implemented the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) by way of the Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007, which is a Subsidiary Legislation under the Health Products Act for the regulatory control of cosmetic products in Singapore.
A cosmetic product is defined as any substance or preparation that is intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips, eyes and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, correcting body odours, protecting them or keeping them in good condition. Cosmetic products include skincare products, make-up colours, bath and shower preparations.
Under the Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations, companies or individuals who intend to sell or supply a cosmetic product in Singapore are required to notify the HSA prior to selling or supplying the product in the local market. However, this is not a form of approval or endorsement by HSA. Sellers and suppliers are directly responsible for the safety and quality of their products and are required to comply with the requirements under Health Products (Cosmetic Products – ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations. Please click here for more information such as legal requirements and guidelines on cosmetic products.
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Guidelines on the control of Cosmetic Products (Updated June 2017)
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Report adverse events (Cosmetic Products)
Reporting adverse events