Agreement On The Asean Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme
Cosmetics can generally only produce cosmetic benefits; and non-medical or therapeutic benefits. All claimed cosmetic benefits must be reconciled with what is internationally recognized and must be justified either by technical data and/or cosmetic preparations themselves. Manufacturers/product owners may use their own scientifically accepted protocols/designs in the development of technical data, provided the reasons for the use of such a protocol/design are justified. The CCA is composed of an official representative of the cosmetics regulator of each member state and the ASEAN Cosmetic Association (ACA). The ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) was created to assist the CCA in verifying the safety and technical characteristics of ingredients and recommending other technical and safety issues to be submitted to the CCA for adoption. The ACSB is made up of representatives from regulators, industry and the Academy. The ACSB is currently reviewing the ASEAN Manual on Cosmetic Ingredients and Supplements to the Directive`s Annexes. CAC and ACSB meet twice a year to exchange information and develop or implement the changes made by the OHCHR and related technical documents. The current ASEAN list was adopted, stressing that this list was not exhaustive.
Products that meet the definition of cosmetics in the ASEAN Directive (a definition similar to that of the EU) are allowed as cosmetic products. To ensure the smooth running of the agreement, seven technical documents have been developed, including a clear list of cosmetic products by category; product registration requirements and procedures; common labelling requirements; A ingredient list manual Common claims guidelines Common import and export requirements; and good manufacturing practices. Careful selection of cosmetic ingredients to ensure they are safe at some concentration in a particular end product MDAs for compliance assessment and harmonization of technical standards and regulations are an important contribution to economic integration in ASEAN. The application of ASEAN`s harmonized cosmetic regulatory system will undoubtedly help regulators network best practices and ensure consumer safety. This will help the cosmetics industry reduce business costs and maintain market access for its products in ASEAN and international markets. The AHCRS Schedule B provides that the manufacturer or person responsible for marketing cosmetic products informs the cosmetics regulator of each Member State in which the product is put on the market at the place of manufacture or the first import of the cosmetic product before it is put on the ASEAN market. As a result of this cooperation, the agreement on the harmonised cosmetic regime aSEAN was signed by ASEAN ministers at the 35th ASEAN Economic Ministers` Meeting on 2 September 2003.