Cosmetics Regulatory Services in Japan

Overview

In Japan, cosmetic products are regulated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) under the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Law (PMDL), formerly known as Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. The PMDL focuses on review applications of quasi drugs and cosmetic product (foreign manufacturer, importer) notifications, and evaluates their adverse effect reports.

As one of the affluent nations of Asia, Japan’s cosmetic market is growing constantly. Cosmetics in Japan are broadly categorized into two categories. The manufactures/importers are required to apply for marketing approval based on the type of product.

  • General cosmetics – These are further classified into six categories as listed below.
    1. ­ Perfume and eau de cologne
    2. ­ Makeup products
    3. ­ Skin care products
    4. ­ Hair care products
    5. ­ Special-purpose cosmetics (including sunscreen)
    6. ­ Cosmetic soaps
  • Quasi drugs – This category includes products used for preventing nausea, heat rash and mosquitoes, and promoting hair growth. Some medicated cosmetics, such as whitening products, anti-aging products and oily skin or acne treatment products, are also categorized under quasi drugs.

Labeling in local language on primary cosmetic packages is required for all domestic and imported products. Erroneous labeling translations may lead to major reworks and at times result in significant monetary loss.

Expertise

Freyr Expertise

  • Product Classification
  • Product Testing
  • Ingredient Analysis (as per Japan Cosmetic Industry Association (JCIA))
  • Label Compliance
  • Claims Review
  • Regulatory Intelligence
  • Japan Cosmetic Packaging requirements
  • Strategic Regulatory Consulting
Freyr Advantages

ADVANTAGES

Freyr Advantages

 

Expertise in decoding cosmetic product classification

 

Accurate translation services in local language on primary cosmetic packages

 

Aim at first-time approval to firmly establish labelling compliance

 

Qualified team of experts with hands-on experience across all cosmetic categories like skin care, hair care, infant care, oral care, and beauty products

 

Support for region-specific Regulatory activities

 

End-to-end cosmetic Regulatory consultation