Indonesia’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control Releases New Regulation Regarding Cosmetics’ Claims


Indonesia’s National Agency for Drug and Food Control (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan or BPOM) just renewed their regulation regarding technical requirements of the cosmetic claims through the National Agency for Drug and Food Control Regulation Number 3 of 2022 (Peraturan Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan Nomor 3 Tahun 2022).


As the number of cosmetic and skincare products in Indonesia increase, there are more and more products that did not fulfill the requirement regarding the efficacy claim of the products that are shown on the packaging.


As of December 2021, 7,960 cosmetic products receive the registration number, and it keeps increasing as the demand for cosmetics in Indonesia still increasing and getting more popular. So, there should be stricter control over these products.


Cosmetic is a preparation that is used and applied on the outer layer of the human body, such as epidermis, hair, nail, lips, and outer genital organ, or tooth and mouth mucosa membrane, particularly for cleaning, adding scent, altering appearance, and/or improve body scent or protect or maintain the body in a good condition (BPOM, 2022).


According to this definition, cosmetic is not intended to change the inner structure/layer of the skin or even give systemic effect. Therefore, cosmetics should not be administered orally/injected/in direct contact with another part of the human body except the part that is mentioned above.


Meanwhile claim is the statement about the benefit that the consumer will get after using the cosmetic, safety, and another statement that describes the cosmetic. Regulation regarding the claim that will be used on the product packaging should be regulated so that the claim will not mislead or give fake expectation to the consumer.


Surprisingly, there is a certain common claim that we can find in skincare products that turned out to be prohibited by Indonesia’s National Agency for Drug and Food Control. Those claims are ‘anti-fungal, anti-irritant, prevent irritation, anti-inflammatory, whitening, get rid of dark spots on face, prevent and overcome wrinkles, increasing collagen production, cell renewal, controlling sebum/oil production, prevent/delay/stop aging, stimulating collagen production, fixing damaged skin texture’ and many more. These claims are prohibited because it is related to the function of drug and medicine, not cosmetics.


As stated in the definition, cosmetic is the preparation that is used for maintaining the outer part of the body meanwhile—for example—stimulating the production of a certain chemical in the body need the interference in a certain biochemical reaction inside the body, which can’t be completed by cosmetics.


For the complete update of the regulation, you can access it through the BPOM’s website or click here.

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