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Guangzhou Administration for Market Regulation Issued FAQs on General Cosmetic Filing in May (1)

1. What is the definition of cosmetics?

Daily chemical industrial products that are applied to the surface of the human body such as skin, hair, nails, lips, etc. by rubbing, spraying, or other similar methods for the purpose of cleaning, protecting, beautifying and modifying.

Products that achieve cosmetic effects through oral intake, injection, etc. are regulated by categories such as health care products, drugs, or medical devices according to their attributes.

Toothpaste is in contact with the oral mucosa when used, it does not meet the definition of cosmetics. However, it is subject to filing management in accordance with the provisions of general cosmetics on the Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulations (CSAR).

Soap meets the definition of cosmetics, but is not regulated as a cosmetic. Soaps claiming special cosmetic efficacy are subject to registration management as special cosmetics.

2. Are anti-mosquito and mosquito repellent products cosmetics?

No, they are not. If the product label and instructions indicate or imply that the product has an anti-mosquito, repellent function, regardless of whether its active ingredients are chemical or plant-derived ingredients, the product shall belong to the category of pesticides, and shall be managed as pesticides according to the law.

3. Do colored drawing products belong to cosmetics?

Oil paint products for art and drama (e.g., oil paint for colored drawing, makeup remover for drama, etc.) are used on specific occasions such as shaping the image of drama characters or artistic modeling, and do not belong to the functional category of beautifying and modifying in daily life. Therefore, such products do not belong to cosmetics.

4. Do nail enhancement products that are only used for bonding artificial nails and solid decorative objects belong to cosmetics?

No, they do not.

5. Do color lotion products (色乳产品) for embroidery (纹绣) belong to cosmetics?

Embroidery is a kind of micro-invasive skin coloring, which is operated by professionals and the pigment is implanted into the skin tissue with the needle to form a semi-permanent beautifying effect on the skin. In line with the above description, the application site is not the human body (skin) surface, the use method is not rubbing, spraying or similar methods, therefore, relevant products are not cosmetics. If there are other uses of color lotion products, which are subject to filing management as general cosmetics, their use methods should be described in detail to avoid misleading consumers to use.

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