Addressing Regulatory Challenges in the Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry in Singapore
Fueled by a consumer base eager to try out new, up-and-coming products from around the world, Singapore’s cosmetics and personal care industry has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. However, this surge has also caused the demand for quality to rise, with more customers expecting better efficacy and product safety. This increases the challenge that companies in the cosmetics and personal care sector face with regulatory compliance. In this article, we’ll talk about the regulatory challenges that companies should pay attention to and the steps that need to be taken to ensure product safety, compliance, and sustainable growth.
1. Product Safety Assessment
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has made it mandatory for manufacturers to conduct rigorous safety assessments, such as toxicological evaluations, to identify any potential risks that their products could cause. This is because, all products, whether for medical applications or personal care, must be safe for use and must not cause any adverse reactions that could pose an issue for public health.
2. Ingredient Restrictions
Apart from product safety assessments, HSA has also established strict regulations regarding the use of specific ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products to further ensure safety.
Businesses must review and update their product formulations regularly to remove restricted ingredients or limit their use in order to comply with these regulatory standards. Additionally, they should invest in research and development to identify safer alternatives, and collaborate with suppliers who provide compliant raw materials.
3. Product Labelling and Packaging
All product labels are required to display essential information about the product to provide customers with accurate information about what they are purchasing and for regulatory authorities to trace products in case of issues. They should include the manufacturer’s contact details, product name, a detailed ingredient list, warnings, and clear usage instructions.
To meet these requirements, businesses must work with designers and regulatory experts to craft labels that adhere to the guidelines, as well as conduct regular reviews of packaging and labelling to ensure they remain compliant with changing regulations.
When it comes to complying with product labelling guidelines, there are numerous intricate details that require attention. We recommend working with a regulatory consulting service to ensure that you do not miss out on any key information.
4. Substantiating Claims
Any product claims, such as “anti-ageing” or “skin whitening,” must be substantiated by scientific evidence. HSA closely monitors these claims, and businesses advertising any misleading or unsupported claims can face penalties.
If companies wish to include any of these claims in their product information or advertisement, research findings and data from scientific studies and clinical trials must be provided to validate these claims. Businesses can also work with qualified dermatologists or experts in related fields to conduct independent assessments of product efficacy.
Otherwise, one simple way to ensure compliance is to avoid the mention of these terms.
5. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Lastly, companies are required to follow a set of good manufacturing practices in order to better guarantee product quality and safety. They include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining cutting-edge facilities designed to prevent contamination and ensure cleanliness
- Maintaining comprehensive records of manufacturing processes, testing, and quality control procedures
- Proper storage and distribution practices
- Providing adequate training and education to employees.
Regulatory affairs management in Singapore’s cosmetics and personal care industry is difficult to navigate but an important step to go through. By addressing the above-mentioned challenges effectively, companies can not only ensure compliance with local regulations but also enhance their reputation and competitiveness in the market.
The Reg Consultants is a regulatory service provider that offers both local and overseas cosmetics and personal care companies regulatory assistance. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.