GHS, EPR and cosmetics regulations in Asia-Pacific

Key takeaways from our 2024 Global Outlook webinar on chemicals and chemical products in AsiaPacific include updates on GHS, EPR and cosmetics regulation. Read more.   

Each year, Enhesa Product hosts a series of comprehensive webinars where our experts share important regulatory updates and trends for the year ahead. In our first webinar in our 2024 Global Outlook series, we focused on chemicals and chemical products in AsiaPacific. 

Read on for a round up of three of the hot topics covered in the webinar.

GHS updates 

In 2023, the tenth edition of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of classification and labelling of chemicals) was published. But with many countries around the globe yet to adopt the most recent amendment, there remain key differences between regions in how they identify hazardous chemicals and collect data. These differences generate significant challenges for businesses operating across several jurisdictions and Asia-Pacific is no exception.  

  • Malaysia: After a draft consultation in November 2023, Malaysia is expected to implement the eighth revision of GHS, changing both the CLASS regulation issued back in 2013 and ICOP part two and three. 
  • Singapore: Similarly, Singapore implemented the seventh revision of GHS with an implementation timeline of 6 February 2025. 
  • The Philippines: Thirdly, the Philippines implemented the eighth revision of GHS for household and urban substances, requiring many products to apply the GHS label, including electronic nicotine and heated tobacco products; household pesticides; cleaners, fresheners and deodorizers; DIY items and adhesives; and TCCA products. 

These adoptions aim to align the chemicals management framework across Asia, simplifying business interactions and enhancing standardization in sustainability and safety. 

Emerging packaging regulation  

The compliance landscape for packaging and packaging waste is rapidly changing.  

Australia: Left unreviewed since 2007, the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, which governs the transport of dangerous goods across the country, has recently published new documentation discussing packaging provisions.  

The report updates guidance on the use of packaging, easing administrative burdens, expanding P200, and addressing gaps in regulation of MEGCs, portable tanks, and vacuum-operated waste tanks. These changes aim to align Australia’s packaging standards with the EU’s, making it easier for all parties to comply.   

Indonesia: The recent draft of Food Packaging Regulations published in Indonesia is expected to replace the 2019 document. It details the potential restructures to existing lists of prohibited and restricted substances used in packaging, dividing materials into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’.  

Further, Indonesia is opting for more extensive testing for multi-layered packaging to ensure plastics use is monitored. 

Emerging cosmetics regulation

As more robust legislation for the cosmetics and personal care sector takes shape around the world, these include new proposals in the AsiaPacific region.  

Taiwan: Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched several public consultations to amend or abolish lists for cosmetics regulation.  

Instigated by Article 6 of the Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act, which states that cosmetics “shall not contain mercury, lead, or other ingredients banned for use”, the country’s FDA has decided to abolish the List of Antimicrobial Allowed in Cosmetic Products, moving those substances to the List of Ingredients Restricted in Cosmetic Products.  

Additionally, it has proposed to amend the List of Ingredients Prohibited in Cosmetic Products – adding nine ingredients – establish the List of UV Filters in Cosmetic Products, and remove the List of Specific Purpose Ingredients in Cosmetic Products. These changes are expected to be enforced from 1 July.  

2024 Global Outlook  

The above hot topics are just some of the issues and emerging regulations covered in the 2024 Global Outlook webinar on chemicals and chemical management in Asia-Pacific.  Watch the webcast now.  

You can also find out more about the full Global Outlook series here, including links to on-demand webinars and how to access Global Outlook articles. 

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