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Taiwan Issues Revised List of Permitted Colorants for Cosmetics

Press Release: October 27, 2020

Taiwan has issued a revised list of colorants that are permitted for use in cosmetic products.


Released on September 29, 2020 by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Notice No. 109160537 revises its List of Colorants Permitted for use in Cosmetic Products. These revisions include:


  • Addition of 70 new colorants with which application areas they can be used in and any restrictions
  • Removal of four colorants from the existing list
  • Updates to current entries relating to application and limit of use


The application areas are:

  1. Colorants allowed in all cosmetic products
  2. Colorants allowed in all cosmetic products except those intended to be applied in the vicinity of the eyes
  3. Colorants allowed exclusively in cosmetic products intended not to come into contact with the mucous membranes
  4. Colorants allowed exclusively in cosmetic products intended to come into contact only briefly with the skin


Restrictions include ‘not for use in hair dye products’ and limits for lip cosmetics.


To see a complete list of the added colorants, view our original SafeGuard 152/20.


This revision comes into force on July 1, 2021. Manufacturers have until June 30, 2021 to ensure their products comply with the new regulation.


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