SFDA clarifies ban on Formaldehyde in cosmetic products

  • 11/29/2021

SFDA has issued an update on the prohibition of cosmetic products containing Formaldehyde and Methylene Glycol being imported into Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Food and Drugs Authority posted an update to Circular 8356/A on Formaldehyde and Methylene Glycol. The use of the two substances in cosmetic products is prohibited by the Saudi conformity authority.

The recent update aims to clarify that the permanent ban of Formaldehyde and Methylene Glycol refers to the use of the substances as cosmetic product ingredients. As such, the ban does not apply to products which naturally produce Formaldehyde or contain it as an impurity.

However, the permitted level of naturally occurring Formaldehyde should not exceed 0.1% or must be less than 1000 parts per million.

Formaldehyde is a preservative often used in cosmetic products like nail polish, nail polish remover, baby shampoo and keratin treatments. Recently, SFDA Cosmetics also issued updates on the use of Titanium Dioxide and HICC/Lyral.

To learn more about SFDA regulatory standards or about exporting to Saudi Arabia, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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