Little Pro on 2019-06-22 Views: Update:2019-06-22
In China, the most important cosmetic legislation is Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics, which is currently being revised. The main authority for cosmetics is National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), previous called CFDA. Both domestic and imported cosmetic products require pre-market approval or notification before they can be placed on Chinese market. In this article, we will summarize how to comply with cosmetics regulations in China.
Cosmetic products are divided into two categories: non-special use cosmetics and special use cosmetics. Non-special use cosmetics include hair care, nail care, skin care, perfumes, and makeup. Special use cosmetics include products with claims for hair growth, hair dye, hair perm, hair removal, breast shaping, fitness, deodorizing, spot removal, whitening and sun block.
Regulatory requirements for non-special use cosmetics and special use cosmetics are different depending on whether they are domestic or imported products.
Note: A new cosmetic ingredient must also be approved by NMPA first before it can be used in cosmetics in China.
The following info is required for the record-keeping notification of non-special use cosmetics.
Product testing report must be issued by authorized test institutes in China. Testing items include physio-chemical test, microbial test and toxicological test.
For domestic non-special use cosmetics, toxicological tests (animal test) can be waived if a product can be demonstrated to be safe via safety evaluation report. For imported non-special use cosmetics, animal tests are currently still required. Some alternative methods are available. NMPA is working on a revised regulation to allow animal toxicological tests to be waived from some imported non-special use cosmetics.
In addition to what is required for non-special use cosmetics, the following info needs to be submitted for special use cosmetics. Toxicological tests cannot be waived.
You are only allowed to use those cosmetic ingredients listed in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (China IECIC). Otherwise, you have to submit new cosmetic ingredient registration. In addition, you need to comply with the following regulatory lists set out in Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (化妆品安全技术规范).
List of banned substances and restricted substances
The list of banned and restricted substances is given in Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (化妆品安全技术规范).
Example: 1,4-dioxane (<30mg/kg), Pb (<10mg/kg), As (<2mg/kg), Cd (<5mg/kg)
Positive lists of colorant, preservative and UV filter
For special functional ingredients such as colorant, preservative and UV filter, you can only use those approved and listed in Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (化妆品安全技术规范).
The following information needs to be indicated on product labels:
Labeling shall not imply that these products have characteristics or functions which they do not have.
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