Singapore - Amendments To ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Singapore - Regulatory & Compliance

2 March, 2018


On 14 to 17 November 2017, the 27th ASEAN Cosmetic Committee endorsed recommendations proposed by the 27th ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body to amend Annexes II, III, IV and VI of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive ("ACD").


The recommendations include three additional substances which must not form part of the composition of cosmetic products, as stated below:


  •   3- and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbalde-hyde ("HICC");
  •   2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde ("Atranol"); and
  •   3-Chloro-2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde ("Chloroatranol")


HICC, Atranol, and Chloroatranol are chemical compounds which may be found in fragrances, and are known to cause skin or respiratory allergies.


In Singapore, the ACD is implemented by way of the Health Products (Cosmetic Products - ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations ("ACD Regulations"), issued pursuant to the Health Products Act. We note that the ACD Regulations have not been updated as of the publication of this Newsletter.


A summary of the updates made to the ACD may be found here


Baker McKenzie

For further information, please contact:


Andy Leck, Principal, Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow