3 Jun 2020

Nanomaterials are safe

In a study published in May 2020, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) evaluated all the studies on the penetration of nanomaterials through the skin. The data suggests that there is little to no penetration of nanomaterial through intact skin, except for silver ion. As such, the public can be assured of the safety of the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics, especially nano sun filters.


16 May 2019

ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia


ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia

Biennial Event Explores Impact of Global Beauty Industry Developments

Singapore, 14 May 2019 — In just two months, trade professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry will gather in Singapore for the ACA Leaders Forum 2019. Organised by Southeast Asia’s cosmetics association – ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the event will take place on 24 July in the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, where senior business, marketing, and R&D leaders representing cosmetic ingredient suppliers and finished product manufacturers can connect and discover the latest insights impacting the global beauty market.

Into its fourth edition, the Forum is an invaluable opportunity for delegates to hear directly from subject matter experts on international trade developments, regulatory changes in Asia, and emerging trends in consumer behaviour. Participants can also expect to hold discussions about conducting business in the ASEAN region with industry veterans.

Mrs Le Chau Giang, President of ACA, expressed, “With each edition of the Forum, we look into the most pertinent issues and emerging trends that will benefit the industry. This year is no different and we’re excited to be hosting the event in Singapore again. We look forward to welcoming delegates from all across Asia and beyond.”


Power-packed Agenda Explores Multiple Facets of the Business

 This year, delegates can look forward to a full-day of keynote presentations and panel discussions interspersed with networking sessions, rounding off with a musical cocktail in the evening.

Keynote speakers1 include representatives from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, Chemlinked/REACH24H, Croda, Facebook, Halal Implementing Agency (BPJPH) in Indonesia, IFF, Lazada Group, Mintel, and Shiseido Travel Retail Asia Pacific.

Forum sessions will uncover how global trade relationships and agreements (e.g. CPTPP and RCEP) influence the beauty and personal care markets; highlight new consumer trends surrounding the topics of e-commerce, travel retail, and sustainability; and guide companies to best navigate regulatory changes with Halal law in Indonesia and new Cosmetics Regulations in China.

Commenting on his personal experience from attending the past edition of the ACA Leaders Forum, Tan Ming Jie, Co- founder and Director of Denova Sciences, shared, “The industry experts imparted deep insights and practical tips from their rich experience. The topics covered catered to my professional knowledge needs, and helped direct the next steps in my work scope. I highly recommend the event to my colleagues and industry peers as I believe that anyone within the industry will be able to gain as much as I have from the Forum.”


An Event with a Social Cause

 Other than benefitting from the new content, participants of this year’s ACA Leaders Forum will also be contributing to a greater good. In support of the SingHealth-DUKE Research Study on Asian Woman Breast Disease, ACA will donate part of the proceeds from the Forum to the research fund.

Registration for the Leaders Forum is now open, with early-bird (till 24 May) and group discount schemes available. To learn more about ACA Leaders Forum 2019, please visit ctfas.org/upcoming-events/aca-leaders-forum-2019/.

Notes for the Editor


About ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA)

 The ASEAN Cosmetics Association, Inc. (ACA) is a grouping of organizations representing various Southeast Asian countries that aim to harmonize and maintain cosmetics regulations, upgrade the standards of technical competence and scientific expertise in the local industries, and expand the cosmetics trade in ASEAN.

ACA endeavours to enhance the value of the cosmetic industry primarily through consistently advocating best ethical practices. By proactively partnering with local associations and regulatory agencies, it strives to create an environment that protects consumers and provides favourable conditions for the industry to grow. The association also aims to create an environment where talented people are inspired and motivated to innovate, contributing to the industry’s overall development.

Member associations include:

  • PERKOSMI (Indonesia),
  • Malaysian Cosmetic and Toiletries Industry Group (Malaysia),
  • Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines, Inc (Philippines),
  • The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of Singapore (Singapore),
  • The Thai Cosmetic Manufacturers Association (Thailand), and
  • Vietnam Association of Oils Aromas and Cosmetics (Vietnam).

For more information, please visit aseancosmetics.org.


About ACA Leaders Forum

 Organised biennially, the ACA Leaders Forum is a unique platform for professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industries to understand and discuss with experts specific concerns and issues that impact their businesses today. The event rotates host cities around ACA member nations, and is an invaluable opportunity for attendees to network with other executives from Asia and beyond.


Editorial Contact

Ms Kelly Kuan | e: [email protected] | t: +65 6220 7573


Annex A 

Confirmed speaker line-up for ACA Leaders Forum 2019:

Speaker Topic
Dr. Dennis Hew Director Policy Support

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat

Global Trade

What are the Opportunities and Challenges?

Ms. Moony Li Yue

Senior Vice President, Head of FMCG Lazada Group


How to Best Use These Platforms? The Lazada perspective

Ms. Via Reyes-Abano

Regional Product Marketing Manager, CPG/Retail Vertical



How to Best Use These Platforms? The Facebook perspective

Ms. Annie Yao

Associate Director, Client Services Mintel

Market Trends

Sub-zero Waste: Sustainability Trends and Implications

Mr. David Pang Chief of Staff

Shiseido Travel Retail Asia Pacific

Market Trends

Travel Retail: NOW and FUTURE

Dr. Magali Bonnier

Global Personal Care R&D Director-Formulation Croda

Market Trends

Personal Care Driving Sustainability: Performance and Trends

Ms. Caroline Moussou dit Bourdallé Global Sustainability Manager


Market Trends

Sustainability: Trends and implications to business and consumers

Prof. Ir. Sukoso

Head of Halal Implementing Agency (BPJPH), Indonesia

Key Regulatory Updates

Halal Update in Indonesia

Mr. Jason Chen

Business Head, Global Cosmetic Division Chemlinked/REACH24H

Key Regulatory Updates

China Cosmetic Regulation Update


28 Apr 2017

ACA Conference 2017

ACA Conference 2017, themed “Key Trends and Their Impacts on the ASEAN Cosmetics Business” will be held on the 28 April 2017, Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of this conference is to provide leaders, managers and executives in the cosmetics business with updated information on key trends and impacts on the changing environment in which they operate. It will also give all participants the opportunity to network, share their experiences and identify challenges and opportunities to shape the future of the cosmetics industry.

At the conference, you will get to learn from :

– Amb. Krisda Piampongsant, Advisor, Board of Trade of Thailand, RCEP Negotiation and Implications for the Cosmetics Industry
– Dr Alain Khaiat, President of CTFAS and Chairman ISO TC 217, cosmetics, Promoting ISO Standard for Cosmetic Regulatory Harmonisation
– Dr Boonkiet Chokwatana, Executive Chairman I.C.C. International, Public Company Limited, Trends in ASEAN Cosmetic Markets
– Ms. Nathalie Gerschtein Keraudy, Managing Director, L’Oreal (Thailand) Ltd, Sustainability as part of a growth strategy for cosmetics industry
– Ms. Jutapat Boonvongsakorn, Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Manufacturing (Thailand) LTD., View of foreign investors in consumer goods business in Thailand
– Dr. Neil Gains, Tapestry Works Singapore, Understanding Muslim Beauty, the Endless Growing Opportunity
– Mr. Lingga Setiawan, Minister Counsellor, The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Investment Policy and Opportunity for Foreign Investors in Indonesia
– Mr. Noriyuki Tanaka, Technical Director – Skin Care, Kao Consumer Products (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd., Innovative skin cleansing technology
– Mr.Takahiro Matsushita, Overseas Section Manager, Maruzen Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., Growth of Herbal and natural Cosmetic ingredients
and many more.

CTFAS members will enjoyed a special rate of USD160.
Sign up before 31 March 2017 to enjoy the Early Bird Discount.

To register email to [email protected]


17 Sep 2016

CTFAS Letter to Straits Time Sept 2016

CTFAS is the only Cosmetic Association in Singapore, it regroups industry companies small and big who share the objective of promoting safe, quality products accepted by consumers. We were awarded the “Excellent Partnership Award” by HSA the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore.


27 Feb 2015

FLA and Purple Clay Consulting is organizing a branding development workshop

– The Balancing Act of Building A Franchise Brand

Date- 27th Feb, Friday 2015
Location – The 3rd Space @ 18 Cross St, #B1-05 Time – 1pm – 5pm (Followed by
Networking Cocktails)
Fee: $30 (Members) – $60 (Non-Members)

Please RSVP by 17th Feb

For more details, please visit Click Here.

29 Oct 2015

CTFAS Annual Workshop 2015: ASEAN Cosmetics – Natural And Organic Market

Is Organic the Best?

The Straits Time, 12 November 2015, Thursday

Read more about the trends of the organic market from the speakers. Click to read more

Highlight of the workshop

Mr. Pang Tit Keong, Deputy Director of Health Science Authority (HSA), Cosmetics Control Unit (CCU) will be presenting the recent updates of Cosmetics Products Regulations in Singapore.

Dr. Alain Khaiat, CTFAS President and also the Chair of the ISO Cosmetic Committee will highlight other ASEAN news, present the ISO work on cosmetics as well as ASEAN post market reports on Product Information File (PIF) and labeling non-compliance tools useful to note when applying for registration licenses to export to ASEAN neighbors.

Dr. Liping Wu will share with us China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)’s new regulation updates. This will cover laws and regulations pertaining to imported cosmetics by General Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ).

The highlight of this year’s CTFAS workshop is on Natural and Organic Cosmetics, the global growth trends:

Ms. Florence Bernardin will be flying in from France to inspire market trends and brands on new product trends from sleeping masks to BB/CC creams, TCM ingredients, mist & jelly textures, new massaging and device tools, inner care and scalp care …

Mr. Amarjit Sahota, President of Organic Monitor, London will be sharing the overview of the natural and organic market and giving you heads up about the forthcoming trends

With such a great choice of natural and organic ingredients available, are they really what they claim to be? Guest speaker, Mr. Danilo Lambino, President of Formulae 8 in Sydney, has been specially invited to share the realities and pitfalls of using natural and organic ingredients from actives and preservatives to oils and fragrances. This day is a MUST for formulators and decision makers. From the marketing and consumer points of view, how can ingredient labels validate marketing claims.

Read more

5 May 2015

ACA Cosmetics Leaders Forum 2015

Venue :Borobodur Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia.

Please click here to download brochure or visit http://aseancosmetics.org/default to register for the event.

19 Nov 2015

ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference 2015

For more details, please visit http://www.icisconference.com/asiansurfactants

24 Sep 2015

Beyond Beauty ASEAN 2015

For more details, please visit http://ymlp.com/zC2YHQ

30 Apr 2015

BeautyEurasia 2015

For more details, please visit www.beauty-events.com


10 Nov 2014

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit


15 May 2013

The Personal Care Summit- 15 & 16 May 2013, Bangkok

The Personal Care Summit- 15 & 16 May 2013, Bangkok

A 2-Day conference that focuses on the strategies to deliver sustainability and minimize costs in the Personal Care and Cosmetics Industry-PCS PR . For more details about the conference, please visit: http://www.advantiquegroup.com/pcs


14 Dec 2011

In-Cosmetics Asia

BITEC, Bangkok Thailand

13 Dec 2011

Recent Media News on the Dangers of Nano-sized Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens

14 Nov 2011

Beauty Rendez-Vous 2011

Attendance is free
RSVP by 31 Oct 2011 to [email protected]

1 Nov 2011

Safe Cosmetics – Quaternium 15 Alert

29 Mar 2011

In-cosmetics Milan

9 Mar 2011

PCHi 2011 Post Show Report

22 Feb 2011

PCHi 2011

Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center


10 Sep 2010

3rd CCIP Cosmetics Fair 2010

17 Mar 2010

Formulacare i-2010

SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City, Philippines…

3 Feb 2011

How to Export your Cosmetic and Personal Care Products to Europe


12 Aug 2009

New Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science (DPCS) to commence in 2010

12 Aug 2009

A Chronology of Asean Cosmetics Association’s (it’s predecessor) Activities from 2003

19 Nov 2009

Marketing to Baby Boomers Conference

Singapore Marriott Hotel, Singapore

11 Nov 2009

Cosmoprof Asia 2009

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

15 Oct 2009

Cosmetics Regulation & Safety Assessment Workshop, in-Cosmetics Asia

Jointly Organized by Reeds Exhibition and CTFAS

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1 May 2009

Condolence Message

Dr. Shirley Ong

EXCO 2009 – 2011

16 Mar 2009

Safety Statement


16 Mar 2009

Quiz to test your Regulatory IQ

21 Jan 2009

Research & Development Conference

Park Royal Hotel, Singapore


11 Sep 2007


10 Sep 2007

Seminar on New Control of Cosmetic Products in Malaysia

The Puteri Pacific, Johor Bahru

6 Jun 2007

9th International Conference

Sun Protection: Myths and Reality
The Royal Society, London, UK

4 Jun 2007

Colour Cosmetics Summit 2007

Hilton Singapore

17 May 2007

China Internaltional Cultural Industry Fair (ICIF)

Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre


26 Oct 2006

Industrial News on Lipstick Lead

1 Nov 2006

ASEAN Cosmetic GMP Guidelines Update.


1 May 2005

Guidance Notes on GMP Guidelines for Manufacturers of Cosmetic Products


6 Jan 2004

Questions & Answers Session

6 Jan 2004

Deadly Lipsticks? Transacript of Radio Interview with CTFAS President

17 Jun 2004

2004 Sponsor Cosmetic Market in Thailand Forumby ABF

12 Feb 2004

Sponsor Cosmetic, Skincare and Fragrance Forum by ABF Singapore


21 Oct 2003

ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme Talk by CPA (HSA)

21 Oct 2003

Message from FMA Regarding Proposition 65 Prioritization Procedure

21 Oct 2003

GC / MS Quantitation of Potential Fragrance Allergens in Fragrance Compounds

21 Oct 2003

Amendment to European Council Directive


1 Dec 2002

Ingredients Used in Cosmetic Products are Safe: Statement from President, CTFAS

25 Oct 2002

HSA Announcement: Change in the Licence Amendment Fee involving Company’s Name

12 Sep 2002

Governmnet Gazette: Declassification of Coenzyme Q10 (Ubidecarenone)

16 Apr 2002

Slim 10 (extracted from The Straits Times)

1 Jan 2002

Important Statement from JCIA

JCIA (Japan Cosmetic Industry Association) has issued a statement about the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Safety of Cosmetics Manufactured in Japan