After 30 years of waiting, China implemented the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) on Jan 1, 2021. A series of supporting rules will be introduced and implemented, indicating the overhaul of China’s cosmetic regulatory framework. Stakeholders are now ushering in a new era of streamlined management.
Page Last Updated on Apr 16,2021
CSAR (Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation) is the highly anticipated future overarching regulation in China. The final version was released by China State Council on June 29, 2020 and will be implemented on January 1, 2021. It will replace the existing Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulation which was released in 1989.
Cosmetic ingredients will be regulated based on risks. Ingredients with high risk such as new preservatives, sunscreens, colorants, hair dyes, whitening agents shall register with the NMPA and obtain approval, while ingredients with low risk will only require notification.
CSAR subordinate regulation released a signal that imported non-special use cosmetics will be likely to be exempt from mandatory animal testing. The 2 premises for animal testing exemption are GMP certification and safety risk assessment results.
Cosmetic efficacy claims shall have sufficient scientific evidence to back them up and shall be exposed to the public on NMPA’s website for social supervision. Cosmetic registrants or filers shall be responsible for the compliance of efficacy claims.
Cosmetic registrants and notifiers shall conduct cosmetic safety assessments on their own or entrust professional institutions prior to registration and notification.
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Regulation Release Date Implement Date Price Operating
Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation 2020-06-29 2021-01-01
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Technical Guidelines for Cosmetic Safety Assessment 2021 2021-04-09 2021-05-01
Standards for Cosmetic Efficacy Claim Evaluation 2021-04-09 2021-05-01
Cosmetic Classification Rules and Catalogs 2021-04-09 2021-05-01
Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers 2021-03-04 2021-05-01
Provisions for Management of New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration and Notification Dossiers 2021-03-04 2021-05-01
Test Method for Efficacy Measurement of Skin Whitening Cosmetic Products 2021-03-02 2021-03-02
Test Method for Efficacy Measurement of Anti-hair Loss Cosmetic Products 2021-03-02 2021-03-02
Instructions for Toothpaste Notification Dossiers (Draft for Comments) 2021-01-06 -
Administrative Measures on Cosmetic Registration and Notification 2021-01-12 2021-05-01
Administrative Measures on Toothpaste (Draft for Comments) 2020-11-13 -
China Standards for the Management of Cosmetic Sampling Inspection (Draft for Comments) 2020-09-28 -
China Measures for the Management of Cosmetic Adverse Reaction Monitoring (Draft for Comments) 2020-09-28 -
China Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics (Draft for Comments) 2020-09-28 -
China Administrative Measures on Cosmetic Labeling (Draft for Comments) 2020-09-21 -
China Supervision and Administration Measures on Cosmetics Manufacture and Operation (Draft for Comments) 2020-07-21 -
Working Rules for Cosmetic Registration and Filing Testing 2019-09-10 2019-09-10
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Japanese Version: Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation 2020-06-29 2021-01-01
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Korean Version: Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation 2020-06-29 2021-01-01
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Comparison between CSAR and CHSR - New Requirements (1)
Registration of High-risk New Cosmetic Ingredients
Notification of Low-risk New Cosmetic Ingredients
Filing of General Cosmetics
Registration of Special Cosmetics
Renewal of Special Use Cosmetics
[Single Choice] The future implementation of CSAR will bring simplified market entry procedures and standardized regulatory system for cosmetic products and ingredients. Will this make you more eager to export cosmetics to China?