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The Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has introduced regulations to ban the importation, manufacture, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing fifteen different substances.

These are:

  1. Safrole/shikimol
  2. Verbena essential oils
  3. (Lippia citriodora Kunth.)
  4. Costus root oil
  5. (Saussurea lappa Clarke)
  6. Fig leaf absolute
  7. (Ficus carica L.)
  8. Alocasia cucullata (Lour.) Schott
  9. Amorphophallus rivieri Durieu (Amorphophallus konjac)
  10. Alocasia macrorrhiza (L.)Schott (Alocasia odora (Roxb.)K. Koch)
  11. Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don
  12. Cerbera manghas L.
  13. Ranunculus L., (Ranunculaceae)
  14. Crotalaria sessiliflora L.
  15. Dioscorea hispida Dennst.
  16. Gelsemium elegans Benth.
  17. Stellera chamaejasme L.
  18. Anemone hupehensis Lemoine

In the main, the use of these ingredients is prohibited but there are minimal exemptions relating to safrole, verbena and amorphophallus rivieri durieu. In the case of the safrole, products containing the raw material which comes from lauraceae, with a content of safrole/shikimol not exceeding 100ppm in the final product, are permitted. In the case of verbena essential oils, verbena absolute is permitted, and for amorphophallus rivieri Durieu (Amorphophallus konjac), it can be used if it has undergone a refinery process and detoxification for food use.

These restrictions were originally published in notice No. 1061608566 on December 8. 2017. The ban will come into force on July 1, 2018.

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Queenie TSE
Consumer and Retail
Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
Senior Technical Service Executive


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