On December 3, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare announced its plan to update the List of Ingredients Prohibited in Cosmetic Products and published a draft update. The public comment period is open for 60 days from the announcement date. According to the announcement, the ministry plans to update the list on July 1, 2021. Cosmetic products containing substances on the list are not allowed to be imported, manufactured, sold or supplied as well as displayed for the purpose of sale or supply. Here are the main points of the update.
Newly banned substances
A total of 255 substances are added to the banned list. The table below gives some examples.
|Substance name||CAS number|
|Colchicine and its salts and derivatives||64-86-8|
Changes to the terms of the ban for some substances
Changes, including new conditions, are made to the terms of the ban for 40 substances. The table below gives a couple of examples (the changes are underlined).
|Current version||Updated version||CAS number|
|3,4-Diaminobenzoic acid — banned as an ingredient of hair dye||3,4-Diaminobenzoic acid||619-05-6|
|2,4-Diaminodiphenylamine — banned as an ingredient of hair dye||2,4-Diaminodiphenylamine||136-17-4|
The full text of the announcement (in traditional Chinese) is available at this link: