I. Background and Rationale
In 2005, the Department of Health (DOH) – Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), then called Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), has adopted and implemented the ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme and the ASEN Common Technical Documents through Administrative Orders No. 2005-0015 and 2005-0025, respectively. The harmonization scheme involves the conduct of alignment meetings for the purpose of eliminating trade barriers and enhancing cooperation within the ASEAN Members States (AMS) in ensuring the safety, quality and claimed benefits of cosmetic products.