Japan Cosmetic Regulation
DEFINITION OF COSMETIC
Japan defines cosmetics as “articles with mild action on the human body, which are intended to be applied to the human body through rubbing, sprinkling or other methods, aiming to clean, beautify and increase the attractiveness, alter the appearance or to keep the skin or hair in good condition.”
DEFINITION OF QUASI-DRUG
Quasi drugs are defined as articles for the purpose of preventing nausea and other discomfort, preventing heat rash, soreness, etc., encouraging hair growth or removing hair or exterminating and preventing mice, flies, mosquitoes, fleas, etc.
Bath products, deodorants
Medicated Cosmetics, Anti-bacterial, shaving products, oily skin products,
The importer must obtain a cosmetics, manufacturing and sales license to do business in Japan.
Prior to importing into Japan companies mush have a licensed in-country representative. This representative is known as a “Marketing Authorization Holder” (MAH)