Cosmetic products are widely known for their safety once it is used for their purpose and if adhered to the international and local regulations and guidelines. They are easily distinguished from medicines as they lack any medical effects or treatments. Cosmetic products are spread among the people for many uses and purposes, for example, some cosmetics are used for cleansing, perfuming, protection or modification. And their site of application may vary based on their claims, for example, some of them used on skin, hair, nails or lips. And since the expansion in cosmetic products manufacturing , importation and marketing, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) takes the responsibility of regulating cosmetic products manufacturing, importation and marketing. Furthermore, SFDA has started issuing the specialized directive and guidelines to ensure cosmetic products’ safety. In consequence, SFDA established an electronic system (eCosma) to regulate cosmetic products relevant processes.


The cosmetic notification system (eCosma) is mainly responsible for the configuration of implementation of the regulations over cosmetic manufacturing, importation and marketing processes. It receives the required information and then – if they are compatible with the relevant guidelines- it issues the license and notification certificates. The eCosma system is divided to many sections, these are clearance, domestic manufacture licensing, warehouse licensing, product notification beside issuing GMP certificate for the local manufacture.


SFDA is working to launch the system soon, and there will be an announcement on the SFDA’s website.