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Jamaica Cosmetic Product Registration

COSMETIC REGISTRATION IN JAMAICA

Regulatory Authority

Standards and Regulation Division, Ministry of Health 

Link for Regulatory Authority

https://www.moh.gov.jm/standards-and-regulation-division/

Local Regulation

Food and Drugs Act, 1964 and Precursor Chemicals Act, 2005   

 

Data to be Communicated

  1. The cosmetic product’s composition, including a comprehensive list of all ingredients present in the formulation along with the concentration of each ingredient.
  2. Submission of a Certificate of Analysis.
  3. Providing five (5) labels, each containing the following information:
  • Product name
  • Ingredients listed in descending order of predominance.
  • Concentration of active ingredient(s)
  • Usage instructions
  • Precautionary statements
  • Products posing potential hazards if misused, such as aerosols, deodorant sprays, and children’s bubble baths, must include appropriate warning/caution labels and clear usage directions.
  • Storage conditions
  • Manufacturer’s name and address
  • Batch number and expiration date.
  • Declaration of net weight

The label statements must be displayed on both primary and secondary packaging and must be written in the English language.

  1.   Provision of five (5) product samples.
  2. Submission of documented proof of acceptance for use in the country of origin by the relevant regulatory authority responsible for cosmetic regulation. This document must be authenticated by either a Jamaican Consulate Official or a Notary Public, accompanied by validation from a Court of Law.
  3. Presentation of physico-chemical and microbiological specifications for both raw materials and the finished product.
  4. Conducting physico-chemical tests including assessments for allergens, heavy metals, pesticides, etc.
  5. Description of the manufacturing method.
  6. Submission of a safety assessment report from the manufacturer, including the name and address of the qualified person responsible for the assessment.
  7. Provision of data concerning any adverse effects on human health.
  8. Presentation of evidence of effectiveness, particularly for products such as sunscreens.
  9. Disclosure of data pertaining to any animal testing conducted by the manufacturer in relation to the development or safety evaluation of the product or its ingredients.
  10. A Free Scale Certificate from the competent authority in the country in which the cosmetic is made.

Timeframe and Fees

The registration period for additives is one to two years, while the registration period for active components is at least five years. 

Additional Information

A person is prohibited from selling any cosmetic if it:

  • Contains any substance that may harm the user’s health when the cosmetic is used:
  • As directed on the label or accompanying instructions.
  • If it comprises, either wholly or partially, of any contaminated or decomposed substance, or includes foreign matter.
  • Was manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged, or stored under unsanitary conditions.

If a standard has been set for a cosmetic product, individuals must refrain from labelling, packaging, selling, or advertising any item in a manner that could lead to confusion with such a cosmetic unless the item adheres to the prescribed standard. It is prohibited for an individual to manufacture, prepare, preserve, package, or store any cosmetic for sale under unsanitary conditions. 

The FSC is a guarantee that your cosmetic product exported is safe and compliant with the European Cosmetics Regulation (EC No1223/2009). To ensure the protection and the well-being of consumers, a lot of countries require this certificate since the European Cosmetics Regulation is the most demanding one in the world.