Amend “Guidelines for Safety of Children Cosmetics” to Ensure the Safety of Cosmetics for Children

  • Data Source:Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • Created:2023-03-28
  • Last Updated:2023-03-28

To ensure the safety of cosmetics for children, on August 17, 2022, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) amended the " Guidelines for Safety of Children Cosmetics ". The amendment not only conformed to the implementation of the Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act and the update of relevant hygiene standards, but also added new requirements, referred to the international regulations, that the appearance and packaging of cosmetics shall be significantly different from food products, and there are suggested precautions on the label of the products containing talc (Talc).

The amendment listed 19 Articles on the precautions for cosmetics for children. It advises the manufacturers that, when designing and developing products, the safety and health of children shall be prioritized under normal usage, dosage, and other foreseeable circumstances of using the products. Manufacturers shall preferentially choose ingredients with the history of safe use, while reducing the use of flavors, fragrances, colorants and preservatives. Moreover, in case of children using the cosmetics inappropriately,  manufacturers are suggested attach the text “To maintain children’s safety, please use the product under the supervision of an adult” or other labels with similar meanings, and the other mandatory precautions for particular ingredients,. Revising and updating the regulations will help protect the safety of cosmetics used by children in Taiwan.

TFDA advises that the industry shall give precedence to the safety of children when developing and manufacturing cosmetics for children while referring to the Guidelines and the provisions of the Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act. TFDA will keep updating related regulations properly so as to ensure the safety of cosmetics for children.