The following details should appear on the outer packaging or on the immediate packaging of cosmetic products if there is no outer packaging. The details must be listed in English. Information in other languages, if any, may be used in addition to English and should be the same as the English version.
- The name of the cosmetic product and its function, unless it is clear from the presentation of the product.
- Instructions on the use of the cosmetic product, unless it is clear from the product name or presentation.
- A full ingredient listing, declared in descending order of weight at the time they are added.
- Perfume and aromatic compositions and their raw materials may be referred to by the words “perfume”, “fragrance”, “aroma” or “flavour”.
- Ingredients in concentrations of less than 1% may be listed in any order after those of concentration of more than 1%.
- Colouring agents may be listed in any order after the other ingredients, in accordance with the colour index number or denomination adopted in Annex IV.
- For decorative cosmetic products marketed in several colour shades, all colouring agents used in the range may be listed, provided that the terms “may contain” or “+/-“ be added.
- The ingredients shall be specified using the nomenclature from the latest edition of standard references (refer to appendix A).
- Botanicals and extract of botanicals should be identified by its genus and species. The genus may be abbreviated.
- Country of manufacture.
- The name and address of the company or person responsible for placing the product on the local market.
- The contents given by weight or volume, in either metric or both metric and imperial system.
- The manufacturer's batch number.
- The manufacturing or the expiry date of the product in clear terms. The date shall be clearly expressed and shall consist of the day (if applicable), month and year, in that order.
- The date of minimum durability shall be the date until which this product, stored under appropriate conditions, continues to fulfil its initial function. It should be preceded by the words “expiry date” or “best before”.
- Indication of the expiry date shall be mandatory for cosmetic products the minimum durability of which is less than 30 months.
- Special precautions to be observed in use, especially those listed in the column “Conditions of use and warnings" in the Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which must appear on the label as well as any special precautionary information on the cosmetic products.
- Member countries may require specific warnings based on local needs for declaration of ingredients from animal origin. In this case:
- There must be a statement (of any format) on the product label signalling the presence of ingredients of animal origin.
- For ingredients of bovine or porcine origin, the exact animal must be declared.
Note: The following are not regarded as ingredients:
- Impurities in the raw materials used.
- Subsidiary technical materials used in the preparation but not present in the final products.
- Materials used in strictly necessary quantities as solvents, or as carriers, for perfume and aromatic compositions.
If the size, shape or nature of the container or package does not permit the particulars above to be displayed, the use of leaflets, pamphlets, hang tags, display panel, shrink wrap, etc. is allowed. However, the following particulars at least should appear on small immediate packaging:
- Name of the cosmetic product.
- Manufacturer's batch number.