Nov 10 2015, National Institute for Food and Drug Control invite public comments on the criteria of cosmetics classification. Any opinions shall be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by email before Mar 31 2016.
The concept of special use cosmetics and non-special use cosmetics is outlined in Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision of Cosmetics (RCHSC). It is stated in RCHSC that the examination and approval system should be adopted for domestic special use products and initially imported cosmetics. The entry 56 in Implementing Rules of Regulation Concerning the Hygiene Supervision of Cosmetics stipulated nine categories of special use cosmetics. These two regulations above were issued on 1989 and 1991. So the classification of cosmetics should not meet the need of development of cosmetics industry. The classification of cosmetics will be completed based on current regulation, principal of risk management, and ensuring the product quality and safety.
The criteria stipulate the classification and category code of cosmetics. It is applicable to record keeping, registration, administration and statistics of cosmetics. Based on special use and non-special use cosmetics, the function, acting site, dosage form and special population are considered.
As shown in figure 1, the category code consists of five codes.
The classification is shown as table 1 and examples are given.
Table1 Cosmetics Category Code
Pregnant or breast feeding woman
Tooth and mouth mucosa
Body hair (including oxter）
Body hair (excluding oxter）
Note：Cosmetics category code should constitute in sequence of Code 1 to Code 5.
Example：The category code for having moisture gel isⅡ20F01, the category code for child sun block cream isⅠ09H01a
- The criteria of cosmetics classification detailed the level of risk. The category code would eliminate the fuzziness of function so that it is easier for administration and supervision
- The cosmetics with multi-functions would have two or more codes.