December 1, 2023

This comes after recent regulatory updates in other Asia-Pacific countries, while the use of PFAS in cosmetics is already banned in the EU and California in the US.

Following its announcement on March 12, FDA Thailand has updated the list* of prohibited PFAS ingredients. The draft notice has been reviewed by the Cosmetics Committee and is awaiting approval by the Ministry of Public Health.

“Thailand’s move to ban PFAS in cosmetics reflects a growing global trend towards more stringent regulation of harmful chemicals in consumer products. This trend is driven by increasing public awareness about the potential health and environmental impact of synthetic chemicals.

“Although FDA Thailand’s recent investigation on its database of registered cosmetic products manufactured, imported and sold in Thailand did not find any traces of PFAS and their derivatives, the proposed ban is a positive step towards safeguarding public health and the environment,” ​Winnie Xu, regulatory analyst at ChemLinked, told CosmeticsDesign-Asia​.

In April 2022, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety updated its “Regulations on the Safety Standards, etc. of Cosmetics” to include seven perfluorinated compounds as prohibited cosmetic ingredients.

Similarly, New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority recently released a draft proposal to ban all PFAS in cosmetic products by 2025 to align with EU regulations.

To ensure compliance with Thai regulations, both local and foreign companies are “advised to pay close attention to updates” on the proposed ban and strengthen self-inspection during product development. 


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