When looking to introduce a product to the Asia Pacific region, what are the variations in regulatory compliance of which a company and product developer must be aware of?
Author: R.J.E.(Ric) Williams (B.Sc., Dip.Env.St., FASCC), Cosmepeutics International (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and AMA Laboratories, Inc. (New City, NY, USA)
Presented at the Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit 2014 in Brussels, June 17 - 18, 2014
There are eight main markets that can be considered, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, and ASEAN Countries. You will note that ASEAN Countries include the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Apart from the differences in population and wealth each of these eight have different regulations mainly caused by which government department administers the regulations and it would be fair to say that a product that is approved by one may not be approved by another.
Williams' paper uncovers the regulatory anomalies in all of these markets
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