Cosmetic Regulations in China
China is the largest market in the world with potential consumers. There are many foreign cosmetic products available in the market and for foreign brands to enter the Chinese market it is vital to know about the cosmetic regulations. China food and drug administration requires skincare and cosmetics firms to submit to compulsory animal testing in government labs before regulators approve products for sale in the country.
Updates of Cosmetic Regulations
- New record-keeping system for imported non-special use cosmetics in Pudong new area
According to Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service (CIRS), the 10 new free trade zones include Tianjin, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Fujian, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shanxi. Zhejiang and Guangdong FDA are the first two government bodies to issue notices for the preparation work of implementing this new recording keeping system of imported non-special use cosmetic. Report from Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service (CIRS), the Tariff Commission of State Council released a Notice regarding the adjustment of import tariff to some consumer goods. The imported cosmetics tax rate is dropped from the original 15%, 10%, 9%, 6.5% to 5% and 2%.
According to the new guidelines, the classification code will consist of 4 layers. They are the efficacy claim, application site, product form and suitable users. There will be 26 codes of efficacy claim, 27 of the application site, 18 of product form, and 7 of the suitable user. The National Institutes for Food and Drug Control published the Guidelines for the evaluation of cosmetic claims for public opinion and required to evaluate the specific function like sunscreen, anti-freckle, hair growth, breast shaping, fitness, deodorant, anti-aging, anti-acne, oil control, anti-dandruff, repairing, moisturizing. The efficacy evaluation from the verified lab is being accepted.