In order to strengthen hygiene supervision over cosmetics, ensure hygiene quality and safety use of cosmetics and to safeguard the consumers’ health, Ministry of Health (MoH) formulated and released this regulation in 1989, which came into force as of January 1, 1990 and functions as the basis and accordance of regulations with respect to cosmetics. All units or persons who are engaged in the production and business of cosmetics must abide by this regulation.
This regulation is also known as Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations (CHSR). It stipulates that the state shall exercise hygiene supervision over enterprises engaged in production of cosmetics by means of hygiene license system and the use of new cosmetic raw ingredients, special cosmetics and cosmetics imported into China for the first time must get approval from the health administrative department under the State Council (now NMPA is in charge).
Meanwhile, requirements for factory, personnel, raw material, labelling and packaging are put forward. It also clearly describes what kinds of cosmetics that are not allowed to be sold in China and contents that are forbidden to be included in cosmetic advertising. Besides, terms like cosmetics, new cosmetic ingredient and special use cosmetics are defined.
The regulation consists of 6 chapters and 35 articles, as shown below:
Chapter Ⅱ Hygiene Supervision over the Production of Cosmetics
Chapter Ⅲ Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics Operation
Chapter Ⅳ The Authorities for Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics and the Responsibilities
Chapter ⅤPenalty Provisions
Chapter Ⅶ Supplementary Provisions
March 27, 1991, MoH put Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Regulations into force.