Cosmetics Registration in South Africa

Regulatory Authority:

  • National Department of Health (NDOH)
  • South African Bureau of Standard(SABS)

Link for RA:

Local regulation:

Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, (Act 54 of 1972)

Cosmetics Registration in South Africa:

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the CTFA (SA), and the industry have developed a range of standards. Cosmetic products are not subject to registration. There is an in-market control system rather than a pre-market control system.

However, all formulas containing ethyl alcohol and manufactured in South Africa must be registered with the Department of Customs and Excise for duty rebate on alcohol usage.

  • No statutory pre-registration portal
  • No statutory notification portal
  • No statutory post-registration portal
  • No “medicated” cosmetic category
  • Post-marketing surveillance requirement