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Q2 2020 Imported Cosmetics Filing and Registration Data in China

1. Non-special Use Cosmetics

Total Number of Filings

As the pandemics’ impact on Chinese society diminishes, so does the recovery of the beauty industry's upstream and downstream continue. According to the filing data published on China National Medical Products Administration’s (NMPA) Online Information Query System [1], 5969 imported non-special use cosmetics were filed in the second quarter of 2020, a quarterly increase of 38.8%.

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Popular Product Category

In the second quarter of 2020, facial skin care products, lipstick/lip balm, facial makeup, facial mask, body wash/care products were the top 5 categories among the filed products.

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Body wash and care products, male products, hair products, and facial skincare products all grew by more than 100% compared with the same period in 2019, while the growth of facial makeup and lipstick/lip balm remained sluggish. It showed that the impact of the pandemic on consumers’ lives and habits is long-term, causing body and hair care products to replace makeup as consumers’ new favorites.

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Place of Origin

With regard to the place of origin, South Korea accounted for the overwhelming majority of filings, followed by France, Japan, and the United States. Their total proportion dropped from 82.1% in 2019 to 73.6% in 2020, indicating more niche brands from countries such as Austria, Morocco, and Greece have begun to enter the Chinese market. The number of filed products in Germany, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy also increased rapidly.

4 filing data.pngSource: NMPA New Online Information Query System

Technical Review

Provinces/Municipalities with the largest number of filings were Shanghai, Guangdong, and Zhejiang with Shanghai accounting for 52.6% of the total amount.

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As of July 2, 2020, 228 filed products have passed the technical review, and the average one-time pass rate reached 60.5%. The reasons for the failure of the technical review included:

  • doubts about the authenticity of the product's ingredients and formulas;

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