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Taiwan Limits Triclocarban in Cosmetics

A new publication No. 1031610288[1] was issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan on 12 January 2015 to restrict the use of Triclocarban as a biocidal ingredient in special cosmetics. The new limit has become effective immediately.

Permission from the Ministry of Health and Welfare is required for cosmetic products containing Triclocarban as an ingredient below the maximum permitted level before it is manufactured or imported into Taiwan.

Cosmetics Categories in Taiwan

1. General Cosmetics

  • Shower gel, Lotion, Perfume, Foundation, Lip Product, Nail Product etc

2. Special Cosmetics

  • Sunscreen, Hair Dye, Deodorant, Whitening Product, etc

Permissible limit of TRICLOCARBAN in special cosmetics

TRICLOCARBAN is permitted to use as a biocidal ingredient in special cosmetics at a maximum level of 1.5% for rinse off products and 0.5% for leave on products.

Substance

Function

Permissible limit

TRICLOCARBAN (Trichlorocarbanilide)

(3,4,4’ Trichlorocharbon-ilide)

CAS number: 101-20-2

Anti-bacteria

1.5% (rinse-off products)

0.5% (other products)

It is crucial for all cosmetic, personal care and household products to be safe, effective and stable. SGS provides testing, inspection, auditing and consulting services to manufacturers, distributors and importers to ensure a high level of product quality in every area. Our state of the art laboratories offer custom-made solutions for chemical, biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. We also have extensive capabilities in performance testing, claim support studies and consumer panels. Our testing is conducted according to customer specific or recognised standard methods, some of which were developed by SGS. Our cosmetic safety assessors and other technical experts can support customers by making sure new products comply with regulatory requirements.

Email SGS Hong Kong Ltd. at mktg.hk@sgs.com for enquiries or visit http://www.sgsgroup.com.hk/.

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[1] Publication No. 1031610288 by Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan

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