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CSAR Exclusive Interview: Animal Testing, New Ingredients and What Next?

Hedy He, Joanna Ru, Vicky Sun, Jon Rafn Oddsson
Thursday , 27th Aug 2020

2020 is proving to be a big year for cosmetics regulations in China with the highly anticipated Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) being finalized on June 29, 2020. It will formally replace the outdated Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations. 4 subsidiary regulations have been written and released in July 2020 to help clarify detailed requirements with additional subsidiary regulations on the way.

To help stakeholders smoothly transition over to a new regulatory era, we have invited experienced technical experts and research analysts from REACH24H and ChemLinked to conduct an exclusive interview on some burning questions related to CSAR. We will cover the animal testing regulation, new ingredient registration/notification and the first-hand information on the release schedule of the subsidiary regulations.

How will China regulate animal testing?

The mandatory animal testing requirement is a major hurdle to imported enterprises entering the Chinese market. The released draft Administrative Measures for Filing of Non-special Use Cosmetics 2019 indicates that the mandatory animal testing for some imported general cosmetics can be probably replaced by safety assessments.

After the release of CSAR, how will China regulate animal testing? Is it possible to end cosmetic animal testing in China? If animal testing could be exempted, what would the impacts be? Our expert guests will share their unique insights and future predictions during the interview.

With more favorable policies on new ingredients, what can enterprises do to prepare in advance?

One of the highlights of CSAR is the innovation of a new cosmetic ingredient regulatory mechanism. New high-risk ingredients are required to be registered with NMPA and obtain approval, while low-risk ingredients will be subject to notification management. Registrants and notifiers need to report the new ingredients’ use and safety data to the NMPA annually for a period of three years.

How will these changes affect foreign enterprises exporting cosmetics/ingredients to China? In order to benefit from these favorable policy changes what preparations can enterprises make? These are some questions in which enterprises urgently need answers to help them make vital business decisions. Let’s see what our guests have to say in these matters.

Watch the interview and learn more on:

  • What subsidiary regulations will be issued next?

  • What are the requirements for safety assessment report and assessor?

  • Are foreign safety assessment reports and safety assessors recognized?

  • What are the measures with the most Chinese characteristics and the inevitability of their implementations?

Additional Reading

[News 1] Key Points in China Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR)

[News 2] China Consults on the Draft Technical Guidelines for Cosmetic Safety Assessment

[News 3] China Consults on the Draft Administrative Measures on Cosmetic Registration

[News 4] Will China Remove Mandatory Animal Testing for Imported General Cosmetics?

[Webinar] Interpretation of China's Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation

[Webinar] Understanding China's New Draft Subsidiary Measures of CSAR

[English Translation] Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation

[Featured Page] Catch the Significant Moments | China Cosmetic Regulatory Reform Tracking

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  • ChemLinked Regulatory Analyst
    Hedy is an experienced cosmetic regulatory analyst in the ChemLinked team. She focuses on tracking, analyzing, and interpreting the latest cosmetic regulatory and market changes in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the rest of the Asia Pacific area. With an in-depth understanding of cosmetics regulations, she attended various industry conferences and presented several speeches in multiple industry conferences such as In-cosmetics Asia and often been interviewed by well-known cosmetics industry media. Area of expertise: China cosmetic import compliance, pre-market approval procedures, animal testing, Indonesia cosmetics halal certification, and Vietnam cosmetics compliance.
  • Senior Cosmetic Regulatory Consultant at REACH24H
    Joanna has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and more than 3 years of experience supporting major cosmetic companies’ regulatory compliance efforts. She mainly focuses on researching Chinese cosmetic regulations, including the finished cosmetic products and new cosmetic ingredients, has assisted loads of clients to obtain pre-market approvals and complete import filing for their cosmetic products, such as La Prairie, REVLON and EOS. Also, she was invited to give presentations on various events and platforms, such as ICMAD, Cosmetic Compliance, as well as ChemLinked. In addition, she is sophisticated in global cosmetic regulations, including ASEAN, Korea and Japan, which provides a professional regulatory information for various cosmetic companies. Joanna’ s global regulatory expertise and strong business acumen afford her a strategic vision to navigate the regulatory and compliance challenges that often accompany new technologies and growth into new markets.
  • Senior Cosmetic Regulatory Specialist at REACH24H
    Vicky has a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical and has been work in the cosmetics compliance field for more than 5 years. She focuses on the research of Chinese cosmetic regulations and market access policies. Vicky has a wealth of knowledge and rich experience in China cosmetic compliance and has successfully assisted many global enterprises in obtaining their pre-market approval and notification certificate, complete registration, and notification for hundreds of products. She is providing many professional consulting services and overall solutions for China’s market access. Vicky is also a guest lecturer of China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control. She has been invited by France, Spain, Poland and other local business associations to interpret and analyze China’s cosmetic regulations. Vicky’s rich experience has afforded her unique insights in cosmetic compliance sector.
  • Regulatory Analyst and a Senior Editor
    Jon is a Regulatory Analyst and a Senior Editor working on Chemlinked. Jon has been involved in Asia for 8 years both in China and Japan. He has extensive experiences in International Pharmaceutical IT, especially with ICH E2B(R3) implementation guidelines and the data registration of adverse reaction reports between Japan, EU and USA. At present, Jon is involved with analyzing FMCG market trends, researching CBEC, Chinese trade policies, regulations and national standards in order to assist foreign corporations/brands into Chinese markets.