ASEAN Cosmetics Committee Bans Four Fragrances

The ASEAN Cosmetics Committee (ACC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has prohibited the use of four fragrances in cosmetics. The prohibition applies to new cosmetics products as of August 23, 2019 and to those already on the market as of August 23, 2021.

The ban applies to four allergenic fragrances in compounds:

  • Atranol, CAS number 526-37-4
  • Chloratranol, CAS number 57074-21-2
  • 3-and 4-(4-hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC), CAS numbers 51414-25-6 and 31906-04-4.

HICC is a synthetic fragrance the smells like lilies of the valley. Chloratranol and Atranol are the primary fragrances of natural oak and tree moss extracts.

The EU had prohibited the compounds last year and amended the cosmetics regulation accordingly (see our blog entry).

At its meeting last November in the Philippines, the Association lowered the maximum allowed concentration of methylisothiazolinone (MIT) from 0.01% to 0.0015% – effective on June 1, 2019. In addition, zinc oxide may no longer be used after December 1, 2018 if inhaling it strains the lungs. Yet another directive requires that the label of oxidative and non-oxidative hair dyes state that the user must wear appropriate gloves.

ASEAN is an international organization of ten southeast Asian countries. It is headquartered in
Jakarta (Indonesia). A summit of the ASEAN countries is held every year.

The ACC was created according to Article 10, Institutional Arrangements, of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD). Members of the ACC should oversee implementation of the regulation in their individual countries.

The government of Singapore provides a good overview of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive on the Web site of the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

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