by Raissa Havens
The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) published on November 5, 2020, Resolution of the Collegiate Board 432 of November 4, 2020, establishing the mandatory requirement for the description of the chemical composition in Portuguese on cosmetics, perfumes and personal hygiene product labels.
The chemical composition in Portuguese may appear on the original product label in a supplemental label, provided that the integrity of the colors and material with which the label is made is guaranteed, preventing it from being removed partially or totally.
If the substance is not described in the Common Brazilian Denomination (DCB) or in another reference indicated by ANVISA, it is considered that there is no recognized translation into Portuguese, and it is the company’s responsibility to carry out a translation from the INCI name.
The use of International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system continues being mandatory, once the names are internationally recognized on a cosmetic label.
Companies will have 12 months to adapt to this new rule; therefore, the proposed date of entry into force is November 5, 2021.
Products that are manufactured before November 5 of 2021 may be marketed until the end of their respective expiration dates.
Recommended Action Items
If you manufacture or sell cosmetics, perfumes or personal hygiene products, verify the chemical composition in your label to ensure your product is compliant and your business competitive within the national market of Brazil.
Resolution RDC 432 of November 4, 2020. https://pesquisa.in.gov.br/imprensa/jsp/visualiza/index.jsp?data=05/11/2020&jornal=515&pagina=212
Common Brazilian Denomination page. https://www.gov.br/anvisa/pt-br/assuntos/farmacopeia/dcb
Brazil, Labels, Cosmetics, Ministry of Health
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