South Africa faces cosmetics labelling regulatory upheaval

7-Sep-2016

Henriette Vienings, Director of MRA Regulatory Consultants for South Africa, speaks to Cosmetics Business about the impact of the proposed changes

The South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has plans to introduce new regulations for cosmetics labelling to allow for more clarity for consumers, as well as more transparency within the industry.

The country’s regulations have been in place since 1972 and the guidelines, which are due to come into effect within the coming months, have been published in the Government Gazette where public comment from interested parties will be taken into consideration.

The proposal is aiming to strengthen existing regulations by ensuring that consumers are not being misled by on-pack claims.

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Henriette Vienings, Director of MRA Regulatory Consultants for South Africa, spoke exclusively to Cosmetics Business. She said: “The label is the means of communicating critical information to the consumer, such as the intended benefit of use, ingredients (which can avoid allergic reactions), instructions for use etc.

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