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  • Cosmetic Regulations - EU vs USA

    Posted by Herbnerd on January 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Anyone here have expertise with the cosmetic regulations of both EU and US?

    Is is possible to formulate to say EU standards and possible to be compliant to US Regulations or vice versa? 

    Been looking at the EU vs ASEAN regs and it appears that the ASEAN regs were derived from the EU (in fact word for word in places) and it seems I can comply to both EU and ASEAN. But could it comply with US too?

    Herbnerd replied 4 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • oldperry

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    If you are compliant with the EU standards (except for sunscreen or perhaps other OTC products) you can sell in the US.  It doesn’t necessarily work the other way though.  The EU requires more proof of testing. The US requires testing but doesn’t require you to show proof prior to market launch.

    Pretty much if you follow the EU regulations, you’ll be compliant in most places around the world.

  • Herbnerd

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    @Perry Thanks. I thought this was the case, but it is great to get confirmation.

    Now it just seems Korea and Japan have their own curious regs to work through :)

  • ozgirl

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Just be careful with colorants because the US only allows a small number of approved colorants to be used in cosmetics.

  • oldperry

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    @ozgirl - ah yes, colorants are an issue.  US isn’t strict in a lot of areas but with colorants they are.  Here’s the relevant regulations.

    https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredient-names/color-additives-permitted-use-cosmetics  

  • mikethair

    Member
    January 18, 2020 at 3:19 am

    We are located in Malaysia and our GMP production facility is ASEAN Cosmetics Guidelines compliant. We export to the USA and Europe. From our experience, the ASEAN Guidelines are certainly closer to the EU requirements. Follow the EU regulations, you’ll be compliant in most places around the world.

  • Herbnerd

    Member
    January 19, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    ozgirl said:

    Just be careful with colorants because the US only allows a small number of approved colorants to be used in cosmetics.

    That’s easy - we are not using any colourants.

  • Herbnerd

    Member
    January 19, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    @mikethair @Perry Thanks you for your advice. 

    You have been very helpful. It seems also the Chinese GB standard for cosmetics follows the EU standards too - but with certain parts omitted that are not relevant to China.

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