Since its establishment early this year, AmCham Taipei’s Cosmetics Committee has kept in close touch with the Taiwan Food & Drug Administration as TFDA drafts amendments designed to modernize the Control of Cosmetics Hygiene Act. The Committee and TFDA have been in agreement that regular two-way communication between government and industry is the best way to ensure that relevant laws and regulations are as effective and practical as possible.
In line with that goal, the Cosmetics Committee recently arranged for a U.S. expert in cosmetics industry affairs, Tonya Kemp, to visit Taiwan in late October. Kemp was formerly Senior Director of International Trade Policy at the Washington, DC-based Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Currently she is Senior Principal Trade Policy Advisor for Amway Corp., while also serving Chairman of PCPC’s Asia Pacific Subcommittee and an Advisor to the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department.
Kemp was one of two presenters at a luncheon meeting of the Cosmetics Committee held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 27 on the topic of “U.S. and Taiwan Cosmetics Regulation.” Explaining the Taiwan regulatory structure was Kuo-Teng Hung, Section Chief of TFDA’s Division of Medical Devices and Cosmetics, who outlined how it will be transformed under the new law from a pre-market registration system to one of post-market surveillance through notification and the use of Product Information Files (PIF). Kemp’s presentation reviewed the American experience with post-market surveillance and the benefits of industry self-regulation.
During Kemp’s stay in Taipei, the AmCham Cosmetics Committee also arranged for her to pay courtesy calls on the Commercial Section of the American Institute in Taiwan, where she met with Deputy Director Mark Lewis and his staff, and on TFDA Director General Wu Shou-mei and her colleagues. The Director General expressed keen interest in increased contacts with PCPC to help TFDA keep abreast of international best practices.
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