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China Cosmetic Regulation Updates in the Q1 of 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, a series of cosmetic regulations have been issued in China. EnterCo has picked out some main updates with in-depth interpretations.

​No.

​Publish Date

​Regulation

1

​January 12

​Administrative Measures for Sampling Inspection of Cosmetics

​2

​January 18

​NMPA Announcement on Optimizing the Management Measures for Filing Inspection of General Cosmetics

​3

​January 19

​Technical Guidelines for the Determination of New Cosmetic Ingredients (Draft for Comments)

​4

​March 17

​Technical Guidelines for Anti-freckle and Whitening Cosmetics (Draft for Comments)

​5

​March 20

​Guidelines for the Enforcement of Absolute Terms in Advertising

​6

​March 23

​Measures for the Supervision and Management of Toothpastes

​7

​March 27

​NMPA Announcement on Matters Related to Further Optimize the Measures of Cosmetic Ingredient Safety Information

​8

March 30

​FAQs on Cosmetics Supervision and Management (6)

1. Administrative Measures for Sampling Inspection of Cosmetics

Publish Date: January 12

Keywords: sampling inspection, post-market supervision


On January 12, China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) issued an announcement on the Administrative Measures for Sampling Inspection of Cosmetics, which shall come into effect on March 1, 2023.


It stipulates the rights, obligations, processes, time limits, and other requirements of the regulatory authorities, inspection agencies, and producers and operators in the work related to sampling inspection.


​2. NMPA Announcement on Optimizing the Management Measures for Filing Inspection of General Cosmetics

Publish Date: January 18

Keywords: filing inspection, general cosmetics

On January 18, China NMPA issued an announcement on optimizing the management measures for filing inspection of general cosmetics.


It further optimizes the management measures for the filing inspection of general cosmetics, allows low-risk domestic general cosmetics to undergo self-inspection for filing, and further clarifies the relevant rules for enterprises to conduct self-inspection for filing, including clarifying the specific product scope of the self-inspection for filing of the filer or entrusted production enterprise, and the self-inspection qualifications for filing of the filer or entrusted production enterprise.


​3. Technical Guidelines for the Determination of New Cosmetic Ingredients (Draft for Comments)

Publish Date: January 19

Keywords: new cosmetic ingredients, technical guidelines

On January 19, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) issued a notice on the Technical Guidelines for the Determination of New Cosmetic Ingredients (Draft for Comments).


Its main content includes the background and regulatory basis, scope of application, and general principles; principles for determining new cosmetic ingredients; principles for classifying and defining the composition, source attributes, preparation process, and actual functions of new cosmetic ingredients; and naming principles for new cosmetic ingredients.


​4. Technical Guidelines for Anti-freckle and Whitening Cosmetics (Draft for Comments)

Publish Date: March 17

Keywords: anti-freckle and whitening, technical guidelines


On March 17, China NIFDC issued a notice on issuing the notice on the Technical Guidelines for Anti-freckle and Whitening Cosmetics (Draft for Comments) and Technical Guidelines for Anti-freckle and Whitening Cosmetic Ingredients (Draft for Comments) and their drafting instructions.


It stipulates the basic information, product name, formula and raw material usage, implementation standards, product labels, product inspection reports, cosmetic safety assessment report materials, etc. of anti-freckle and whitening products.


​5. Guidelines for the Enforcement of Absolute Terms in Advertising

Publish Date: March 20

Keywords: cosmetic label, absolute terms, enforcement guidelines

On March 20, China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued an announcement on Guidelines for the Enforcement of Absolute Terms in Advertising.


It refines the review norms of absolute terms in advertising, clarifies the situations where administrative penalties may not be imposed or mitigated, unifies law enforcement standards, and enables enterprises to better introduce themselves or their goods or services in an objective and truthful manner.


​6. Measures for the Supervision and Management of Toothpastes

Publish Date: March 23

Keywords: toothpastes, supervision, and management

On March 23, China SAMR issued the Measures for the Supervision and Management of Toothpastes, which will take effect as of December 1, 2023.


It clearly specifies the definition of toothpaste, registration or filing management, efficacy claims, labeling management, etc., which will strengthen the supervision and management of toothpaste, and promote the healthy long-term development of the toothpaste industry.


​7. NMPA Announcement on Matters Related to Further Optimize the Measures of Cosmetic Ingredient Safety Information

Publish Date: March 27

Keywords: cosmetic ingredient safety, ingredient submission code, cosmetic notification

On March 27, China NMPA issued an announcement on matters related to further optimizing the measures of cosmetic ingredient safety information.


It stipulates that cosmetic registrant and filer can fill in ingredient safety-related information on their own, and no longer need to obtain the ingredient manufacturer's authorization, which not only greatly improves the initiative of cosmetic registrants and filers, but also save time to supplement ingredient safety-related information and communication costs. And it postpones the transition period of safety-related policies of cosmetic product ingredients.

8. FAQs on Cosmetics Supervision and Management (6)

Publish Date: March 30

Keywords: filing inspection, general cosmetics, self-inspection

On March 30, China NMPA issued FAQs on Cosmetics Supervision and Management (6) which focused on Q&A related to the implementation of the announcement on matters related to further optimizing the management measures for filing inspection of general cosmetics.


It contains 5 questions and answers related to the reasons for optimizing the management measures for filing inspection of general cosmetics, the conditions of self-inspection, measures for conducting the filing inspection through self-inspection, the statement of inspection capability, the requirements for the format and content of product inspection reports for self-inspection.


If you have any questions related to the above regulations, don't hesitate to get in touch with us via info@enter-co.com.

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