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Guidelines for the Definition and Research Technology of New Cosmetic Ingredients – Draft Issued

New Cosmetic Ingredient Guidelines

On December 1, China's National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) issued a notice on the guidelines for the definition and research technology of new cosmetic ingredients (draft for comments) and its drafting instructions.


If you have any comments or suggestions, please fill in and send the feedback form (Annex 3 of the original website) to hzppjzx@nifdc.org.cn before December 18, 2023.


The draft explains the classification and general requirements for new cosmetic ingredients and highlights which ingredients do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients.


Which ingredients do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients:

1. If the expected use method, application site, or purpose of ingredients in cosmetics exceeds the definition of cosmetics, they do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients, including but not limited to the following situations:


(1) The expected use method of ingredients in cosmetics should be wiping, spraying, or other similar methods. If the use method of ingredients is through the mouth, injection, landfill, fumigation, inhalation, introduction, puncture, implantation, etc., they do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients;


(2) The expected application site of ingredients in cosmetics should be the skin, hair, nails, lips, and other human surfaces. If the application site of ingredients directly reaches below the stratum corneum, ear canal, Intraocular, oral cavity, nasal cavity, reproductive system, and other human mucosal parts, they do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients;


(3) The expected actual efficacy of ingredients in cosmetics exceeds the scope of cleaning, protection, beautification, and modification, such as for medical purposes including treating skin diseases, skin wound recovery, scar repair, etc., for reducing or preventing mosquito infestation, killing microorganisms or pathogens, and for mechanisms involving regulating hormone levels, promoting tissue regeneration, promoting cell division and proliferation, repairing damaged cells, repairing DNA damage, inhibiting skin inflammation, etc., they do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients;


2. Ingredients that have been specified as prohibited ingredients or have similar basic structures, physical and chemical properties, and actual functions to prohibited ingredients in relevant technical regulations for cosmetics, or have been assessed for safety risks and deemed to be harmful to human health under normal, reasonable, and foreseeable conditions of use, are not considered as new cosmetic ingredients.


3. Ingredients that have been included in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China

(hereinafter referred to as the IECIC) or specific ingredients in the category ingredients that have been included in the IECIC, as well as the ingredients whose material basis for their effectiveness is consistent with the ingredients in the IECIC, do not belong to new cosmetic ingredients.


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