China Regulatory Updates for the Cosmetic Market

  13 April, 2021

China Regulatory Updates
for the Cosmetic Market

In the beginning of this year, the China cosmetic industry went in for a major overhaul to streamline the long-pending cosmetic regulatory framework. The Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) was enforced by replacing the existing Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations (CHSR). Right from issuing guidelines that revolve around ensuring pre-market and post-market compliance in terms of safety and efficacy, China has several new measures up its sleeves in the coming years. Take a quick look at a few crucial updates from the NMDA in the recent past.

1. New registration and notification requirements for cosmetic products and ingredients in China

In order to streamline the overall cosmetic registration and filling processes for import or sale of cosmetic products in China, SAMR (China’s State Administration for Market Regulation) published a set of revised guidelines. The measures that fall under the Administrative Measures on Cosmetic Registration and Notification will come into force beginning May 1, 2021.

The following mandatory documents must be submitted for cosmetic registration and notification-

In case of New Cosmetic Ingredient (NCI) registration and notification, the following documents must be submitted-

  • Name, address, and contact information of ingredient registrant, notifier, and Local Responsible Person
  • New cosmetic ingredient Research & Development dossier
  • Research data that includes NCI preparation techniques, stability, and quality control measures
  • Ingredient Safety assessment data

For detailed information on CSAR (Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation) requirements, refer to the original document: Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation requirements

2. China removes mandatory animal-testing requirements for imported ‘general’ cosmetics

Taking a giant step towards cruelty-free practices, China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in its final regulatory guidelines has removed animal-testing requirements for imported cosmetics falling in the ‘general’ category. Coming into force from May 1, 2021, this is a welcome move for cosmetic manufacturing companies worldwide to expand their market within the Chinese territory. Ordinary or general cosmetics that encompasses the majority of the beauty market includes all products except hair dyes, hair perming products, freckle-removing (whitening) products, sunscreens, anti-hair loss products and cosmetics with new efficacy.To be exempted from animal-testing requirements, a cosmetic company must have-

  • Valid Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certificate from its region-specific health authority
  • Product/ Ingredient safety assessment report to mitigate any health risk

For detailed information on the new NMPA guidelines, refer to the original document: Article 33 of NMPA guidelines

3. China issues technical guidelines for cosmetic product safety assessment

The ‘Technical Guidelines for Cosmetic Safety Assessment’ (2021 edition) rolled out by the NMPA will come into effect beginning May 1, 2021 to streamline safety and efficacy across all beauty product categories. The cosmetic safety assessments must be conducted in accordance with the requirements stated by the guidelines before applying for either special cosmetics registration or general cosmetics notification. In addition to this, product safety assessment literature and reports must also be submitted.

For detailed information, refer to the original document issued by the NMPA:Technical Guidelines for Cosmetic Safety Assessment

4. 140 new ingredients added to Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients (IECIC) in China

IECIC is a comprehensive list of ingredients that have already been used in cosmetics manufactured and sold in China. Any ingredient not part of the existing list is called a new ingredient. National Institute of Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) has released a draft copy of inventory IECIC 2021 that which is open for public consultation to replace IECIC 2015

For a complete list of the ingredients added, refer to the draft document:Inventory Of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients (IECIC) In China

Are you planning to enter the cosmetic market in China? Keeping up to date in an ever-evolving cosmetic regulatory landscape in China is crucial to avoid last-minute hassles when it comes to product compliance. Our experienced team of industry experts can assist you in doing so and support you with a comprehensive range of cosmetic regulatory services including fresh submissions and filings to ensure your product is compliant-ready as per latest regulations.

The author of this blog Dr. Sravya is one of our in-house cosmetic regulatory experts. With hands-on experience in consulting for cosmetic manufacturing companies worldwide, her sharp eye for detail speaks for itself. You can find her on Linkedin.