China Overhauls Cosmetics Industry with Supervision and Administration Regulation

After a five
year wait, the Chinese Ministry of Justice has approved a new Cosmetic Supervision
and Administration Regulation, paving the way for several important changes to
the cosmetics industry.

changes include:

  • Special
    cosmetics products – cosmetics with a special purpose, see below, will require
    registration with the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). Products
    without a special purpose are termed general cosmetics products. Special
    cosmetic products include:

    1. Hair dye products
    2. Anti-hair loss
    3. Permanent wave products
    4. Skin whitening products
    5. Sunscreen
    6. Other new function products as determined by NMPA.
  • Toothpaste
    – not considered to be a cosmetics product but manufacturers and/or suppliers
    must notify the NMPA before launching a toothpaste product onto the market
  • New cosmetic raw materials that function as a
    preservative, sunscreen, colorant, hair dye or skin whitener must be registered
    with the NMPA before use. Other new cosmetic raw materials must also be
    notified to the NMPA before use
  • Quality
    control and safety assessment personnel with responsibility for:

    1. Safety assessments – must have 5+ years of relevant
      work experience and possess relevant professional knowledge to the field of
      cosmetics quality and safety
    2. Cosmetic quality and safety – must have 5+ years of relevant
      work experience and possess relevant professional knowledge in relation to
      safety control and production management
  • Efficacy
    claims – the responsible person must upload any research data, literature or
    abstracts relating to performance testing onto a dedicated website for claim
    substantiation. This provides the authorities and consumers with easy access to
    claim materials

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China’s new
Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation was approved on July 29, 2020,
and it will enter into force on January 1, 2021.

Stakeholders are
advised to check their compliance with the provisions in the new regulation.

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