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On October 27, 2022, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control released a FAQ regarding the NMPA codes for cosmetic ingredients. It is worth mentioning that the Platform of Cosmetic Ingredients is only developed to improve the efficiency of cosmetic registration and filing and the competent authorities will not review the submitted safety information. Related enterprises (ingredient manufacturers and enterprises that need to use the ingredient) must bear responsibility for the legality, authenticity, accuracy, and integrity of the ingredient safety information. Enterprises obtaining NMPA codes for one cosmetic ingredient does not mean the ingredient have been approved by the regulatory authority.
Triethanolamine has been getting a lot of attention recently but there is some confusion over mixtures containing it. In general, the concentration of triethanolamine in cosmetics is less than 0.5%, accounting for a low proportion. According to Article 57 of the Detailed Rules on the Implementation of Administration Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of Monitored and Controlled Chemicals (MCCs), when the concentration of MCCs is lower than a certain concentration threshold, data declaration and import and export licensing can be exempted. Recently, there was an inquiry on the official website of the General Administration of Customs about the necessity of applying for an Import/Export License for hand sanitizers containing a trace quantity of triethanolamine (0.051).
Since China's overarching cosmetic regulation – Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulations (CSAR) – came into force on January 1, 2021, the authorities have been paying close attention to regulatory compliance and punishing enterprises for non-compliance. This article focuses on four of the main categories of non-compliance and provides case studies for each.
There is a diverse range of cosmetic packaging materials, such as glass, metal, plastic, and soft paper packaging. As the last process in the modern cosmetics industry, packaging is necessary to keep the contents clean and safe. However, it is also important to make sure the packaging itself does not pollute the cosmetics or add any unsafe factors to the contents. In addition, consumers’ understanding and judgment of cosmetics products often relies on the information provided on the products and by the sellers, the display of such information, to a large extent, determines consumers’ purchasing decisions and use methods for products.
There are many regulations relating to cosmetic labeling in China. In this article, we will provide some details of what cannot be contained on the labels and some examples of improper labeling.
Perfume and makeup products are two of the most widely imported cosmetic products to mainland China from the EU and US. They are considered cosmetic products in China because they meet the definition of cosmetic according to the overarching Cosmetic Supervision & Administration Regulation (CSAR), implemented in 2021 by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). According to the regulation, cosmetics are defined as daily chemical industrial products applied to skin, hair, nails, lips, and other human surfaces by scrubbing, spraying, or other similar methods for the purpose of cleansing, protecting, beautifying, and modifying.
Recently, triethanolamine has attracted the attention of many cross-border cosmetics merchants and importers in China. According to the regulations of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GAC), cosmetics containing this ingredient can only be imported into China after they obtained the import & export license for dual-use items and technologies.
National Institutes for Food and Drug Control Issued the Latest FAQs on the Registration of Cosmetics in China
In December 2021, CIRS Group assisted two companies in completing the filing of the first and second imported new cosmetic ingredients. In July 2022, CIRS Group once again assisted one company in successfully obtaining the filing number of a new cosmetic ingredient. Then in September 2022, with the help of CIRS Group, another company successfully obtained its filing number. Since the implementation of the CSAR, a total of 34 new cosmetic ingredients have been filed. Among them, 18 are domestic new cosmetic ingredients (see Table 1 for detailed information), and 16 are imported new cosmetic ingredients (see Table 2 for detailed information).
There has been a lot of change in the Chinese cosmetics industry since the new overarching regulation – Cosmetics Supervision Administration Regulation (CSAR) – came into force on January 1, 2021. To help you keep up-to-date and compliant we have prepared this infographic of the upcoming compliance deadlines.