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Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015
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At the end of 2015, CFDA (now NMPA) finally announced that Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 has been reviewed and passed by Cosmetic Standards Expert Committee. Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 has been taken into implementation since December 1st, 2016. It is the overarching technical standard for cosmetics safety supervision and testing in China.

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Contents of Cosmetic Safety and Technical Standard:

Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2 Prohibited/Restricted Ingredients Used in Cosmetics

1 Prohibited Ingredients Used in Cosmetics(1) (2) (List 1) 

2 Prohibited Plant/Animal Ingredients Used in Cosmetics(1) (2) (3) (List 2) 

3 Restricted Ingredients Used in Cosmetics (List 3)

Chapter 3 Permitted Ingredients Used in Cosmetics (1) (List 4)

1 Permitted Preservatives Used in Cosmetics (1) (List 4) 

2 Permitted Sunscreens Used in Cosmetics (1) (List 5) 

3 Permitted Colorants Used in Cosmetics (1) (List 6)

4 Permitted Hair Dyes Used in Cosmetics (1)(2) (List 7)

Chapter 4 Physical and Chemical Testing Methods for Cosmetics

1 General Principles

2 Testing Methods of Prohibited Ingredients

3 Testing Methods of Restricted Ingredients

4 Testing Methods of Preservatives

5 Testing Methods of Sunscreens

6 Testing Methods of Colorants

7 Testing Methods of Hair Colorants

Chapter 5 Methods of Microbiological Test

1 General principles-

2 Aerobic Bacterial Count

3 Thermotolerant Coliform Bacteria

4 Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

5 Staphylococcus Aureus

6 Molds and Yeast Count

Chapter 6 Methods of Toxicological Test

1 General Principles

2 Acute Oral Toxicity Test

3 Acute Dermal Toxicity Test

4 Dermal Irritation/Corrosion Test

5 Acute Eye Irritation/Corrosion Test

6 Skin Sensitisation Test

7 Skin Phototoxicity Test

8 Salmonella Typhimurium/Reverse Mutation Assay

9 In Vitro Mammalian Cells Chromosome Aberration Test

10 In Vitro Mammalian Cell Gene Mutation Test

11 In Vivo Mammalian Bone Marrow Cell Chromosome Aberration Test

12 Mammalian Erythrocyte Micronucleus Test

13 Testicle Cells Chromosome Aberration Test

14 Subchronic Oral Toxicity Test

15 Subchronic Dermal Toxicity Test

16 Teratogenicity Test

17 Combined Chronic Toxicity / Carcinogenicity Test

Chapter 7 Human Body Safety Testing Method

1 General principles

2 Human Skin Patch Test

3 Safety Evaluation of Using Tests of Cosmetics on Human Body

Chapter 8 Human Body Efficacy Evaluation Testing Method

1 General principles

2 Determination Methods of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) *

3 Determination Methods of Sunscreen Water Resistant Performance *

4 Determination Methods for PFA of Sunscreen Cosmetics

*The updated Inventory of Prohibited Ingredients Used in Cosmetics and Inventory of Prohibited Plant (Animal) Ingredients Used in Cosmetics (Effective on May 28, 2021) are included as Annex I and Annex II.

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