Asia Sun Care Regulatory Updates

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How are sunscreens regulated in China? 

Sunscreens are classified as special use cosmetics and is required to do cosmetic registration with the NMPA (National Medical Products Administration). 

How are sunscreens regulated in Japan? 

In Japan, sunscreens are regulated as cosmetics and must comply with the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare's Standards for Cosmetics. Allowable UV filters and usage limits are detailed by the Standards for Cosmetics. Click here to access the Japanese Standards for Cosmetics to learn more.  

How are sunscreens regulated in Australia? 

Primary sunscreens with SPF >4 and moisturisers containing sunscreens with SPF >15 are regulated as therapeutic goods and required to be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before they can be marketed in AU.

Some materials contain an ingredient with sunscreening properties, but the purpose of the product is not for sunscrening or therapeutic.  These materials are considered 'cosmetic sunscreens' and are managed under AICIS.  They must meet AICIS's definition of a cosmetic and their movement in AU are managed via available AICIS registration options.

What UV filters are allowed in China? 

  • 3-Benzylidene Camphor
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor
  • Benzophenone-3v
  • Benzophenone-4 & Benzophenone-5 
  • Alpha-(2 oxoborn 3 ylidene) Toluene 4 Sulfonic Acid and its salts
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine 
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • Camphor Benzalkonium Methosulfate
  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoylhexyl Benzoate
  • Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone
  • Disodium Phenyldibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate
  • Drometrizole Trisiloxane
  • Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • Ethylhexyl salicylate
  • Ethylhexyl Triazone
  • Homosalate
  • Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate
  • Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • Octocrylene
  • PEG-25 PABA
  • 2-Phenylbenzimidazole 5 sulfonic acid and its potassium sodium, and triethanolamine salts
  • sodium, and triethanolamine salts
  • Polyacrylamidomethyl Benzylidene Camphor
  • Polysilicone-15
  • 3,3’--(1,4 Phenylenedimethylene)bis(7,7 dimethyl 1-2-oxobicyclo --[2.2.1]hept-1-yl-methanesulfonic acid) and its salts
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide

What UV filters are allowed in Australia? 

  • Amiloxate
  • Avobenzone
  • Bemotrizonl
  • Benzylidene camphor sulfonic acid
  • Camphor Benzalkonium Methosulfate
  • Cinoxate
  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate
  • Drometrizole Trisiloxane
  • Ecamsule
  • Enzacamene
  • Ethylhexyl Triazone
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl Anthranilate
  • Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyltetra-Methylbutylphenol
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone
  • Padimate O
  • PEG-25 PABA
  • Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid
  • Polysilicone-15, Sulisobenzone
  • Sulisobenzone Sodium
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Trolamine Salicylate
  • Zinc Oxide

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