In agreement with the harmonisation of cosmetic through the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD), cosmetic products in Malaysia are controlled through notification procedure starting from 1st January 2008. The notification of a cosmetic product shall be valid for 2 years. The renewal should be done no later than 1 month prior to notification expiry.
A cosmetic product shall mean “any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with teeth and the mucous membranes of the oval cavity, with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and / or correcting body odours and / or protecting them or keeping them in good condition”.
The Cosmetic Notification Holder is responsible to notify the authority prior to manufacture, sell, supply, import or possess any cosmetic product.