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ASEAN has released updated Cosmetic Directives during the 27th ASEAN Cosmetic Committee (ACC) meeting.

Updates and amendments adopted during the 27th ACC meeting:

  • Zinc oxide is not allowed where inhalation could lead to lung exposure – effective from December 1, 2018.
  • Reduce a maximum concentration of 2‑methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (INCI) methylisothiazolinone (Cas no 2682–20‑4) in rinse-off cosmetics from 0.01% to 0.0015% – effective from June 1, 2019.
  • Ban 3 fragrance ingredients effective August 23, 2019 for new cosmetic products and August 23, 2021 for those already available in the market, namely:
    • 3‑and 4-(4‑hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC)
    • 2,6‑dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (atranol)
    • 3‑chloro‑2,6‑dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (chloroatranol)
  • Labelling for oxidative and non-oxidative hair dyes must include “wear suitable gloves” – effective from December 1, 2020.