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INDONESIA: One-Stop Online Halal Certification Service Set for 2018 Launch

17 Oct 2017

Online halal certification will be on offer to producers of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics following the early 2018 launch of a one-stop government-backed service portal....Read More


Inspection and Quarantine Required for Entry and Exit of Perfume and Floral Water

4 Oct 2017

Perfume and floral water are now subject to inspection by the entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities....Read More


Shanghai Specifies Priority Approval Requirements for Class II Medical Devices

18 Sept 2017

New priority approval procedures for Class II medical devices – those whose use is deemed to require a degree of professional supervision – have been adopted in the Shanghai municipal area. Details of...Read More


EU Adopts New Regulations on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Allergens and a Colorant

8 Sept 2017

On 3 and 4 August 2017, the European Commission published two new regulations, Commission Regulation 2017/1410 and Commission Regulation 2017/1413. Both are aimed at revising Regulation 1223/2009, whi...Read More


New Guidelines Set to Standardise Supervision and Spot Tests in Cosmetics Sector

29 Aug 2017

The supervision of the cosmetic sector, particularly with regard to the imposition of random spot checks, is to be standardised across the country. The new regulations were outlined by the China Food ...Read More


Influential NGO Calls for Investigation into EU’s Unlawful Handling of Nanomaterials Issue in Cosmetic Products Law

25 Aug 2017

On 31 July 2017, ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental organisation, complained to the European Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body that holds EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies ...Read More


New EU Regulation Targets Allergy-causing Substance Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products

11 Aug 2017

On 7 July 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1224 updating existing limitations on the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) concentrations in cosmetic products. Previously, M...Read More


Canada Bars Use of Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries

7 July 2017

The Canadian government has banned the production and importation of plastic microbeads in toiletries, which comprise personal hair, skin, teeth and mouth care products for cleansing or hygiene, inclu...Read More


CFDA Employees Face Prosecution for Breaching Confidentiality on Drug and Medical Device Testing

29 June 2017

Any employees of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) who breach confidentiality with regard to any information they have become privy to during the course of conducting their duties will now...Read More


Filing Requirements Specified for Health Food Distributors and Manufacturers

23 June 2017

Any company manufacturing / distributing any of the varieties of health foods listed in the Health Food Raw Materials Directory is now obliged to file all of the required details with the China Food a...Read More


Regulations on Medical Device Usage and Management Amended

9 June 2017

Several amendments to the current Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices have been issued by the State Council. Primarily, these updates relate to the statutory permissio...Read More


Pudong Cosmetics Import Process Streamlined by Shift to Record-Filing System

8 June 2017

Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has now adopted a record filing system with regard to the import of non-special-purpose cosmetics. The move replaces the previous approval-based process and has been designe...Read More


EU Plans to Limit D4 and D5 Substances in Cosmetics and Cleaning Items

2 June 2017

Hong Kong traders of an array of goods, from cosmetics to cleaning (e.g., dry cleaning) products, should be warned that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted an intention to prepare a res...Read More


Provincial-level Food and Drink Administrations Lose Pharmaceutical Licensing Approval Rights

11 May 2017

Provincial-level food and drink administrations are to lose their entitlement to monitor and approve activities in three pharmaceutical-related licensing sectors. A notice to this effect has been issu...Read More


Revised Measures for Assessing Medical Device Standards Issued

10 May 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has recently issue revised guidelines with regard to the Administrative Measures for Medical Device Standards (Trial Implementation)....Read More


EU Cosmetics Law Revised Regarding Certain Substances in Hair Dyes and Sunscreen Products

5 May 2017

Hong Kong traders exporting hair dye products and sunscreen products to the EU should be informed that the European Commission has adopted two new regulations amending framework Regulation 1223/2009 o...Read More


European Commission Reduces the Permissible Limit of Benzophenone-3 in Cosmetic Products

28 April 2017

On February 10, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/238 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzophenone-3 as a UV...Read More


Pudong Streamlines Requirements for Importing Non-Special-Purpose Cosmetics

24 Feb 2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have jointly issued a circular on pilot measures concerning the r...Read More


INDONESIA: Mandatory Halal Certification Looms for Food, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics

25 Jan 2017

Halal certification will be mandatory for all food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products from October 2019. Promoted as a Halal Product Guarantee, the certification forms part of the bid to make Indon...Read More


Views Sought on Rules for Naming OTC Chinese Medicines

24 Jan 2017

A draft for soliciting opinions of proposed naming rules for generic Chinese medicines recently issued by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has aroused much concern among industry players....Read More

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