China's NMPA has announced it will extend the transitional period for cosmetic ingredient quality and safety information code until January 1, 2024, according to a notice published on March 27, 2023.
The announcement states that:
- From January 1, 2024, cosmetic registrants and filers should provide the quality and safety information of all cosmetic ingredients in cosmetic product formulas for submission, if they need to apply for cosmetic registration or filing;
- Cosmetics that have been registered or filed before May 1, 2021 – If the Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics have specific requirements on the quality specifications of one of the cosmetic ingredients contained in the cosmetic product formulas, registrants or filers of the cosmetic products should supplement the certifying documents on the quality specifications of the cosmetic products or the safety information of the cosmetic ingredient for submission before January 1, 2024. Safety information on other ingredients in the product formulas should be kept by the registrants or filers for future review.
- Cosmetics that are registered or filed between May 1, 2021, and December 31, 2023 – If the ingredients with functions of preservative, sunscreen, colorant, hair dye, anti-freckle, and whitening are contained in the product formulas, registrants or filers of the cosmetic products should supplement the documents certifying the quality specification of the ingredient or the safety information of the ingredient for submission before January 1, 2024. Safety information on other ingredients in the product formulas should be kept by the registrants or filers for future review.
In its previous announcement, the NMPA ruled that the quality and safety information of all raw materials in cosmetic products formulas should be supplemented before May 1, 2023. In the notice, the NMPA states its decision to extend the deadline is due to the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the difficulties people were experiencing in collecting ingredient information.
About the Cosmetic Ingredient Quality and Safety Information Code
On January 1, 2022, the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) launched the cosmetic ingredients safety information platform. Since then, cosmetic ingredient suppliers have been able to create an account on the platform and submit the safety information of their cosmetic ingredients to generate a code. This code can then be shared with downstream cosmetic registrants, filers, or the domestic responsible person to distribute the safety information of cosmetic ingredients and report to the NMPA.
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