Cosmetic Notification in Malaysia

Cosmetics are product defined as “any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odours and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition” by NPRA Guidelines for Control of Cosmetic Product in Malaysia – version February 2017.

In the ASEAN region, there has been a harmonization since 2008 among the various regulatory bodies whereby cosmetics are only controlled via a notification procedure (registration) to the regulatory body. In Malaysia, the regulatory body would be NPRA



This cosmetic registration / notification is mandatory for any cosmetics to be sold in Malaysia, whether imported in to Malaysia or manufactured in Malaysia and has a validity of 2 years. Only a local company with a QUEST3+ USB Token would be allowed for submitting for cosmetic registration / notifications to NPRA. (To understand the process on obtaining a QUEST3+ USB Token, please refer to article “Registration System By NPRA”)

To obtain the cosmetic registration / notification, there are three to four basic documents required to be submitted to NPRA. Further to that, if the foreign manufacturer is not listed in current NPRA database, listing of the manufacturer details would have to be done as well.

Once cosmetic registration / notification is obtained, NPRA at any point can request for PIF (Product Information File) of the product. PIF encompasses the complete documentations related to the cosmetic (eg, manufacturing process, COA of raw material etc).

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