Q&A on General
What exactly is a quasi-drug?
Under the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act (PMD Act), certain products are categorized as either cosmetics or quasi-drugs in Japan. Quasi-drugs are products that are somewhere in between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; they have received the necessary permits required under the aforementioned law regarding their specific effects.
Oxidative hair dyeing products, hair waving or straightening products, depilatories, breath fresheners, deodorant products, talcum powder, anti-dandruff products, products to prevent melanin spots and freckles, and so on.
Quasi-drugs are labeled as such, even if they appear to be essentially cosmetics. Products such as deodorant products and oxidative hair dyeing products come under this category.