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ASEAN Cosmetic Directive – Status on Implementation in the Various Member States

SpecialChem / Dr. Annelie Struessmann – May 20, 2009

The ‘Association of Southeast Asian Nations - ASEAN’ harmonizes internal regulatory frameworks with international standards following the goal of removing technical barriers to trade. As such, on January 1, 2008, the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) was anticipated to be implemented in the 10 ASEAN member states. The article of Dr. A. Struessmann describes the ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme (AHCRS) with its two implementation phases for the new cosmetic legislation, which in consequence meant a change in regulatory dogma from pre-market approval to post market surveillance. It explains the basic principles of the ACD as laid down in various Articles and Technical Documents and shows the similarities to the EU Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC, as well as specific ASEAN addendums. The governmental bodies and the cosmetics association involved in the ACD implementation are sketched and in detail is depicted the actual implementation status at the competent authorities of the various member states. Country specific as well as general hurdles for implementation are mentioned and measures for counteracting these.

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