Top 10 Cosmetic Regulatory News of 2017 in AP
2017 TOP 10

Cosmetic Regulatory News in AP

No.10 Japan amended “standard of quasi-drugs ingredients 2006”

Japan MHLW revised its overall standards for raw ingredients used in quasi drug on Mar 30th, 2017. The amendment mainly refers to general testing methods changing of some items and quality standard modification of several ingredients. This amendments of Standards will be effective on Sep 30th 2018.

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Selected Reason: JSQI is the overarching technical standards for quasi drugs, defining the positive lists of ingredients and introducing the testing methods. The regulation is being revised continually.

No. 9 China skin cosmetics with specific duration of application now require multiple dermal irritation tests

This update contrasts with the previous requirement to conduct a single acute dermal irritation test. Meanwhile, expert panels from the technical review committee also discussed and tentatively agreed on the implementation of a 24h ocular irritation test.

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Selected Reason: The changes of test methods haven’t been publicly declared but have been already implemented in all testing institutions in China. REACH24H received this news and shared it with you, because it may affect the time and success rate of cosmetic pre-registration test.

No.8 ASEAN revised twice the standards of ingredients used in cosmetics

ASEAN released 25th and 26th ACSB meeting results, and plenty of ingredients requirements are revised.

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Selected Reason: Importation and production of cosmetics in ten ASEAN member countries followed the same ASEAN Cosmetic Directive which includes ingredients requirements. Thus the revision on the ACSB meeting on ingredients would affect all ten countries.

No.7 Taiwan revised limits and requirements of TiO2 used in cosmetics

The limit clearly divided the feature of cosmetics using TiO2 by the concentration of TiO2 used. Cosmetics containing TiO2 within 25% are designated as general cosmetics and exceeding 25% are regarded as medicated cosmetics and registration is required.

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Selected Reason: TiO2 is an ingredient which is heatedly discussed worldwide. TiO2 can be used either as whitening or sunscreen functional ingredient. And TiO2 is considered as a cancel leading substance so the concentration limits in cosmetics are discussed very often.

No.6 China updated 5 cosmetic product industry standards

5 new industry standards (QB) released and implemented on 1st October 2017, These 5 items are mask, depilatory cream, the ingredient IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE (CAS: 55406-53-6), the ingredient BENZETHONIUM CHLORIDE (CAS: 121-54-0) and the ingredient ALLANTOIN (CAS: 97-59-6).

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Selected Reason: In the new standard, the terminology, definition, classification, requirement, testing methods, inspection principles of the product are revised. It should be minded when manufacturing these cosmetics.

No.5 Taiwan revised medicated cosmetics and colorants registration standard

The standards encompass notable amendments. They allow similar products from same company to share a single certificate; allow secondary manufacturer to register (which is uncovered in dossiers required), and allow medical and poisonous ingredients to follow the standards of EU, US and Japan.

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Selected Reason: In Taiwan, medicated cosmetics need registration before entering the market. The standard specified the requirements when applying for the registration certificate for medicated cosmetics. The revision should be noted if one wants to export medicated cosmetics to Taiwan.

No.4 Australia replaced the original NICNAS chemical management scheme by AICS

Australia is to reform their NICNAS (statutory scheme to regulate cosmetic), aiming to reduce regulatory burden. The reform result is that the original NICNAS scheme will be replaced by a new package: Australian Industrial Chemical Introduction Scheme (AICIS) from 1 July 2018.

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Selected Reason: In Australia, cosmetics are classified as chemicals and managed under the chemical regulatory scheme. The total reform of the scheme does affect the manufacturing and importing of cosmetics. The new scheme introduced a risk assessment and chemicals are divided into 5 categories based on estimated hazardous risk.

No.3 Korea expanded functional cosmetic scope

These categories: 1) hair dye, decolorant, bleach agent; 2) epilating agent; 3) anti-hair loss agent; 4) preparation of relieving acne in bath solvents are designated as functional cosmetics from 30TH May 2017. Several supplementary regulations and requirements are simultaneously amended.

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Selected Reason: Expanding Functional Cosmetic Scope might be the most significant change for the first half year of 2017 in Korea cosmetic industry. Implemented on 30th May, 2017, the new categorization system designated 4 quasi-drugs as functional cosmetics.

No.2 CBEC policy in China

The management of CBEC in China is still in an unclear stage. Early this spring, the Ministry of Commerce of China spoke to regard CBEC products imported to China as personal articles. But on September the Ministry announced to extend the transition period till the end of 2018. Therefore the progress of managing CBEC products seemed suspended.

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Selected Reason: CBEC used to be a friendly method for importing foreign products to China because it doesn’t require complex compliance procedures. But in 2016, there released a series of policies to tighten up the control of the new importing portal. But the tendency seemingly drew back in 2017. Therefore the progress of managing CBEC products seemed suspended.

No.1 Pudong pilot spot for imported non-special use cosmetics filing management

Early in 2017, CFDA released the announcement to set pudong pilot spot as filing practice for non-special imported cosmetics. This is a constructive attempt to simplify cosmetic compliance process in China, and multiple of foreign enterprises get involved in the practice this year.

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Selected Reason: The administrative simplification in China is a huge trend relating to all the industries. Among them, cosmetic importation registration has long been suggested to subject to a simpler process. Pudong trial is the first step and the practice affected crucial stakeholders in this field.

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