Lable Laws for Cosmetics in South Africa
ISBN 978-0-626-26984-5 SANS 98:2012 Edition 1.1 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Ingredient labelling of cosmetic products Published by SABS Standards Division 1 Dr Lategan Road Groenkloof Private Bag X191 Pretoria 0001 Tel: +27 12 428 7911 Fax: +27 12 344 1568 www.sabs.co.za © SABS © SABS. See the full listing on the internet-
4 General requirements
4.1 Ingredient labelling for all cosmetic products shall comply with the relevant national legislation (see foreword), and the ASA code of practice, where applicable.
4.2 All cosmetic products marketed in the Republic of South Africa shall have ingredient labelling on the outermost packaging (see 3.1.10), except if the package is too small or has a shape that precludes labelling (see 5.2).
4.3 The requirements for ingredient labelling as specified in this standard apply to: a) imported products; b) professional products; c) free samples (see 4.8); d) tester samples (see 4.8); e) soaps; f) products sold by mail order (see 4.9); g) multi-component products (see 4.10); and h) products sold in bulk for use in the hospitality industry and in dispensing machines in hotels and other public facilities (see 4.11).
4.4 All ingredients shall be listed. NOTE An incomplete listing of ingredients is considered as misleading.
4.5 The following are not classified as ingredients (see 3.1.6) and shall not be listed: a) impurities in the raw material used; b) subsidiary technical materials used in the preparation but not the final product, such as filtration aids and decolourizing agents, which would subsequently be removed; and c) materials and solvents used as carriers for perfume and aromatic compositions.
4.6 The marking shall be indelible, easily legible and visible.
4.7 Ingredients shall be declared on the outermost packaging of the cosmetic product, headed or preceded by the word "INGREDIENTS." The word "INGREDIENTS" shall be declared in a manner that would differentiate it from the actual list of ingredients and may be used alone, or enclosed in a rectangle with the list of ingredients (see annex B). NOTE The use of capital letters for the word "INGREDIENTS" is recommended.
4.8 For free samples and tester samples off-pack labelling can be used in accordance with the requirements for small packages (see 5.2).
4.9 For products sold by mail order, the marketing company may state the list of ingredients in the catalogue, if the products concerned are sold through catalogue only.
4.10 If a multi-product pack is sold as a whole and not divided before selling, the ingredient declaration shall either appear only once on the outermost packaging, or be visible through the transparent outer packaging. The ingredient declaration shall show a separate list for every product in the pack.
4.11 For products sold in bulk, ingredient labelling shall appear on the bulk container (see 3.1.2).
4.12 Although the use of the USA, EU or harmonized INCI labelling systems is acceptable in South Africa, South African companies shall use the EU INCI labelling system only, unless the product is intended for export to destination countries where this is not permitted (e.g. the USA). In such a case the INCI harmonized labelling system may be used. NOTE The USA INCI labelling system is acceptable for South African companies that are affiliated to companies in the USA.
5 Specific requirements
5.1 Order of declaration The ingredients shall be listed as follows: a) ingredients in percentage concentrations of 1 % or more shall be declared in descending order of percentage concentration in the formulation; b) ingredients in percentage concentrations of less than 1 % may be listed in any order; c) if solutions of ingredients are used, the ingredients shall be listed on the basis of their percentage concentration as active matter; d) if a raw material is supplied as an intentional mixture or blend, each individual ingredient shall be declared separately according to the recognized INCI nomenclature, taking into account its percentage concentration in the finished product; e) in cases where a solvent is deliberately incorporated to dissolve or disperse other ingredients, that solvent shall be listed according to the INCI nomenclature, taking into account its percentage concentration in the finished product; and f) if the parfum (fragrance) or aroma (flavour) used has the presence of substances, the mention of which is required as specified in column 5 ("Other limitations and requirements") of annex III of the CTFA cosmetic compendium, these shall then be indicated in the list prior to colourants, irrespective of their function in the product. Amdt 1 g) colourants may be listed in any order after all the other ingredients. Amdt 1 NOTE Percentage concentration is the concentration expressed as a mass fraction.
5.2 Small packages If a package is too small or has a shape that precludes labelling, the necessary ingredient declaration shall be given on a label, tag, tape or card fixed to or enclosed with the cosmetic product, or in a notice in close proximity to the display in which the product is offered. © SABS. This non-printable standard is exclusively for members of The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association of South Africa (CTFA) granted access online through its password-protected and member-specific portal in accordance with publishing and copyright exploitation agreement no. 014/009/16-018. The agreement will expire after one year unless renewed.