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A Collection of Amendments to China Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (STSC) from 2016 to 2021

Introduction to STSC

Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 (STSC) serves as the overarching technical standard for cosmetics safety supervision and testing in China. It includes:

  • Explanations of technical terms;

  • General safety standards;

  • Prohibited/Restricted/Permitted ingredients used in cosmetics;

  • Physical and chemical, microbiological, toxicological, human body safety and efficacy evaluation testing methods.

From 2016 to 2021, China has made several amendments to STSC, including newly adding 14 testing methods, improving the content of existing testing methods, and amending the requirements for some prohibited/restricted/permitted ingredients. The following table summarizes all the amendments to STSC in the past six years.

All the Amendments to STSC from 2016 to 2021

No.

Testing Methods/Ingredient Lists

Status

Release/Implementation Date

Introduction

Further   Reading

1

In   force

Mar. 2, 2021

China approved these 3 cosmetic testing methods and newly added them to the STSC.

China Approves Efficacy Evaluation Methods for Freckle Removing (Whitening) and Anti-Hair Loss Products

To be enforced

May 1, 2021

China amended the contents of these 4 cosmetic testing methods.

2

Draft

Jan. 22, 2021

Based on the prohibited ingredients lists in STSC, China released the draft amended Inventory of Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients. The main amendments include adding 17 prohibited ingredients, amending 13 prohibited ingredients and 27 prohibited plant (animal) ingredients, classifying and merging prohibited drug ingredients into three categories, and modifying some text contents.

 

Inventory of Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients will be released and finalized as separate technical regulations or mandatory national standards in the future.

China to Amend Cosmetic Prohibited Ingredient Lists: 17 Newly Prohibited Ingredients and Stricter Ban on Drug Ingredients

3

In force

Dec. 28, 2020

China approved Methacrylate/Glyceryl Diisostearate Methacrylate Copolymer, Calcium Phosphoryl Oligosaccharides, Steareth-200 as cosmetic ingredients, approved Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL as a new cosmetic preservative and included it in the List of Permitted Cosmetic Preservatives of chapter III of STSC.

China Approves 4 New Cosmetic Ingredients

4

In force

Jan. 1, 2020

China approved these 5 testing methods and newly added them to the STSC. Among them, the last four are animal testing alternative methods.

China to Include Nine Testing Methods in Cosmetic Safety and Technical Standards: 5 New, 4 Revised

In force

Jan. 1, 2020

China amended the contents of these 4 cosmetic testing methods.

5

In force

Sep. 27, 2019

China approved 2 testing methods for hormone components and anti-infective drugs in cosmetics and newly included them in chapter IV of STSC.

NMPA Adds Determination of Hormone Components in Cosmetics and Determination of Anti-infective Drug in Cosmetics into Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics

6

In force

Jul. 11, 2019

China approved the testing method for 22 sunscreen agents in cosmetics and newly included it in chapter IV of STSC.

China Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics Includes a New Determination Method of 22 Sunscreens in Cosmetics

7

Draft

Sep. 7, 2018

China released the draft amendments to STSC. The amendment includes adding three restricted ingredients, revising the requirements for some prohibited, restricted, and permitted ingredients, and the content of some toxicological testing methods, etc.

China Consults on the Amendment to Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics

8

In force

Aug. 21, 2017

China approved 2 animal testing alternative methods for cosmetics and newly included them in chapter VI of STSC.

China Approves Two More Cosmetic Testing Methods

9

In force

Dec. 1, 2016

China approved one animal testing alternative method for cosmetics and newly included it in chapter VI of STSC.

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