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:
|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)
Check that your product comply with labelling requirements
|Submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification||
Apply for Client Registration and Identification Service (CRIS) Account
Submit a new Cosmetic Product Notification in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Information System (PRISM)
|After Submitting a Cosmetic Product Notification||
Responsibilities of the company
Re-Notification is required after 1 year
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
- Notification procedures (Updated Sep 2018)
- Update on Manufacturer's Details (Updated Sep 2018)
- Amendment of Applicant's Details (Updated Sep 2018)
e-Service for notification of cosmetic products
Search notified cosmetic products
Report of adverse events by doctor