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Everything to Know about Contamination in Cosmetic Products in Indonesia

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 8 November 2019
  • 2 minute reading time

Based on the data issued by the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan/BPOM), there have been around 55,000 new cosmetic products registered as of 2019. That is, with the large number of cosmetic products and users in Indonesia, supervision of cosmetic safety has become more strict. However, the problem is, some illegal cosmetics escaped such supervision and have been widely circulated in Indonesia. These illegal cosmetics might contain contaminants that could harm our skin.

Contamination in Cosmetic Products in Indonesia

Contaminants is substances contained inside the cosmetics, which are accidental and unavoidable from raw material processing, storage and /or transport process.

In accordance with BPOM Regulation No. 12 Year 2019, there are 3 kinds of contamination in cosmetics, as explained below:

  • Microbial contamination which derives from microbes that can harm and endanger human health.
  • Heavy metal contamination which appears in the form of metallic and metalloid chemical elements, characterized with its high atomic weight and specific gravity, which is toxic for individual.
  • Chemical contamination which originates from chemical elements or compounds that can harm and endanger human health.


Cosmetic contamination test should be conducted at accredited laboratory and examined based on validated or verified analytical methods.

Contamination in Cosmetic Products in Indonesia: Acceptable Limits

The following describes the acceptable limit of contamination in cosmetic products:

Limits of acceptance for microbial contamination in cosmetic products

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Limits of acceptance for heavy metal contamination in cosmetic products

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Limits of acceptance for chemical contamination in cosmetic products

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Note: (*) Cosmetics containing ingredients produced through ethoxylation process such as Sodium Laureth Sulphate or Polyethylene Glycol.

Consult with Cekindo

It is highly important to pay attention to the safety of each cosmetic product that is distributed and sold in all regions in Indonesia. If you are unsure about the latest regulations of cosmetic products in Indonesia, you are more than welcome to consult experts at Cekindo.

Furthermore, we also offer comprehensive services related to cosmetics in Indonesia, including product registration, import license and Halal certification.

Contact us by filling in the form below should you require further information on cosmetic products in Indonesia.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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Frequent Asked Questions

You can transfer the license as long as your current local distributor agrees to change the product license holder. The procedure will be different for each product category. We can only recommend you try to prevent these issues by setting cooperation with a trustworthy partner from the beginning

Before you can distribute your products in Indonesia, you will have to register your product with the BPOM (National Agency of Food and Drugs) and MoH (Ministry of Health). Only an Indonesian legal entity can register the product. If you decide to distribute your product via a local distributor, they will register the product under their entity in Indonesia and become the product license holder. Cekindo can act as your local distributor and register the product under its name.