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TFDA Issues Guidelines for the Safe Use of Cosmetics for Children

November 7, 2016

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has issued “Guidelines for Safety of Children Cosmetics” to protect children from different cosmetic products.

The guidelines outline detailed requirements to ensure the safety of children cosmetics. The guidelines specify the following:

  • Safe use of ingredients of history, reducing the use of fragrances, flavors, colors and preservatives
  • For cosmetics used for babies, the number of microorganisms should 100 CFU / g or mL or less, and may not be detected E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus
  • Warnings on the appearance, color, packaging, labeling and capacity size, avoid eating for children and a health hazard
  • Drug-containing cosmetics with salicylic acid used for softening skin to prevent acne should be labeled with "Infant under 3 years old may not use" (except for cosmetic use shampoo).
  • Cosmetic containing acid and related products, precautions should be labeled "infants and children should not use the product”
  • Cosmetic with camphor, menthol, methyl salicylate should have a product label on the instruction sheet or packaging filling stating "the use of children under the age of 2 should consult your physician or pharmacist."

The guidelines were released on October 14, 2016.