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Companies have six months to adapt the labels of children’s hygiene products

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has established a six-month transition period (starting from April 27, 2016) for manufacturers and importers to adapt the labelling of children’s personal care products, perfumes and cosmetics. Anisa’s decision was published in resolution RDC 78/2016, published in the Brazilian Official Gazette on 19 May 2016.

These specific labelling requirements were laid down in details in the resolution RDC No. 15 of 24 April 2015. According to the text, children are defined as persons of zero to 12 years of age. According to the agency products for the personal hygiene of children include items such as shampoos and soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.

The packaging of hygiene products intended for children must be free from blunt parts and from parts that can be easily detached from the packaging and swallowed, as well as from toxic constituents and children’s products may not be presented in the form of aerosols.

According to the resolution, the labelling wording should also comply with all other relevant resolutions concerning mandatory labelling and specific labelling of toiletries, cosmetics and perfumes.

Among other requirements, the formulation must use ingredients that are safe and adapted for the intended use, taking into account any accidental ingestion, and the product removal must be easy, for example, by washing with water or soap.

During the six-month transition period the previous legislation, RDC 38/2001, remains temporarily effective. It will be eventually repealed in twelve months. Products intended for children that were previously manufactured may be marketed until the end of their validity period.

The manufacturers and importers can now apply for registration, revalidation or modification of their products.

Source: Anvisa

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