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The Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics is an important technical regulation for cosmetics supervision and the research and development of cosmetics in China, which is formulated based on the Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics (1989). Since the release of the Standards in 2015, the Standards have been revised for 8 times. Moreover, after the issuance of the Regulations in 2020 and a series of supporting documents, the concept, mechanisms, and systems for cosmetic supervision has been dramatically changed. As a result, it is urgent to revise the corresponding parts prescribed in the Standards.
In 2021, NMPA organized national cosmetics supervision and sampling inspections nationwide in accordance with the Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Cosmetics and other laws and regulations. In this supervision and inspection activity, NMPA severely crack down on illegal activities including cosmetics adding banned raw materials, and cosmetics production and operation not conform to mandatory national standards or technical specifications, to help improve the construction of cosmetics standard system and strive to create a safe and orderly cosmetics market environment.
On May 31, 2021, NMPA issued the notice on Measures for Administration of Cosmetics Labeling (No.77, 2021), encouraging cosmetics registrants and filers to label cosmetics in accordance with the provisions of the Measures from the date of this announcement. From May 1, 2022, cosmetics applying for registration or filing must meet the provisions and requirements of the Measures; Where cosmetics that have previously applied for registration or been filed fail to be labeled and marked in accordance with the Measures, the cosmetics registrants and filers must complete the updates to product labels before May 1, 2023 to make them conform to the provisions and requirements of the Measures.
Before 1 May 2022, cosmetic registrants that have registered or filed their cosmetic products on the old platform shall submit documents through the new registration and filing platform. Since 1 May 2022, all new cosmetics registration and filing shall comply with the provisions and requirements of Measures for Administration of Cosmetics Labeling. When applying for the registration and filing of Children's cosmetics, the "Little Gold Shield" has to be marked.
To continuously improve the quality and efficiency of common cosmetics filing in Beijing, Beijing Cosmetics Review Inspection Center has issued a series of analysis on the common problems of the documents submitted by the filers since November 2021. Up to now, a total of 5 problem analysis has been released. For the convenience of reading, Personal and Home Care Division of CIRS Group has collected the Q&A and made a summary as follows:
On March 10, 2022, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control has issued a notice on the limit value of benzene in cosmetics for public consultations. The limit value of benzene in cosmetics was proposed to be 2mg/kg according to the results of relevant risk assessment. Benzene is a class 1A carcinogen, which may cause potential hazards to human health even if it is slightly brought into cosmetics. Therefore, it should be identified as a dangerous ingredient in cosmetics safety assessment report.
The European Commission (EC) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on February 11, 2022, of a draft amendment to the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the use of certain nanomaterials in cosmetics products. The EC states that the amendment is required to enact the prohibition to use in cosmetic products certain nanomaterials for which the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) identified a basis of concern. The draft amendment would revise Annex II to the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (list of substances prohibited in cosmetic products) to implement uniformly within the internal market the prohibition to use the nanomaterials for which a basis of concern has been identified.
In the middle of December in 2021, Personal and Home Care Division of CIRS Group China held free webinars on the following two topics in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. The Latest Regulatory Requirements for Cosmetics in China and the Opportunities and Challenges for Companies The Latest Regulatory Requirements for Cosmetic Ingredients in China under the Supervision of NMPA and the Opportunities and Challenges for Companies
On December 31, 2021, a notice was issued on the cosmetics registration and filing information service platform regarding the upgrading of ordinary cosmetics filing management system. The system was scheduled to be upgraded from 19:00 to 24:00 on December 31, 2021 to add the function of filling in efficacy claims and product annual report.
A summary of Chinese cosmetic regulations that will come into force in 2022. The Measures for Supervision and Administration of Cosmetics Production and Operation officially implemented New cosmetics production license and license change and renewal implemented according to the provisions. Cosmetic registrants, the filers shall retain samples of each batch of products and record. Concentrated cosmetics market operators, exhibition organizers should establish a file for the admissive cosmetics operators