After 30 years of waiting, China finalized the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) on Jun 29, 2020. It will be implemented on Jan 1, 2021 and a series of supporting rules will be introduced, indicating the overhaul of China’s cosmetic regulatory framework. Stakeholders are now ushering in a new era of streamlined management.
CSAR (short for 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.
New Ingredient Management
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 NMPA and obtain approval, while ingredients with low risk will only require filing certificates.
Animal Testing
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.
Efficacy Claims
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.
Enterprise Obligations
Cosmetic enterprises shall be responsible for the safety and quality of their products. Their obligations will include carrying out safety assessment, reporting the usage and safety information of new cosmetic ingredient, recalling substandard cosmetics, etc.
[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?
Normative Documents    Pre-market Announcement on Implementing Filing System for First-imported Non-special Use Cosmetics NationwideAnnouncement on the Implementation of New Requirements on Special-use Cosmetics License Renewal Standards for Cosmetic Registration and Filing Testing Administrative Measures on Filing of Non-special Use Cosmetics Standard for Cosmetic Classification Guidance of Cosmetic Efficacy Claim Evaluation in China Administrative Measures on Registration and Filing of Cosmetic New Ingredients Guidance for Cosmetic Safety Risk Assessment Guiding Principles of Quantitative Classification for Non-special Use Cosmetics Filing Administrative Measures on Toothpastes  Post-market Standards for Management of Cosmetic Manufacture Quality Administrative Provisions of Cosmetic Sampling Testing Administrative Provisions of Cosmetic Supervision and Inspection Standards for Cosmetic Risk Monitoring Administrative Provisions of Cosmetic Adverse Effect Monitoring Administrative Rules  Administrative Measures on Registration of Cosmetics Measures on Supervision and Administration of Cosmetic Manufacture and Operation (Including E-commerce Supervision) Administrative Measures on Labeling of Cosmetics Overarching Cosmetic Supervision and Administration RegulationsFramework
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Filing of General Cosmetics
Registration of Special Cosmetics
Registration of New Cosmetic Ingredients
Renewal of Special Use Cosmetics