Taiwan Taiwan to update the List of Ingredients Prohibited in Cosmetic Products, banning 255 new substances

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
Cannabidiol 13956-29-1
Deanol aceglumate(INN) 3342-61-8
Spironolactone(INN) 52-01-7
Methotrexate(INN) 59-05-2

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:

https://gazette.nat.gov.tw/egFront/detail.do?metaid=119994&log=detailLog