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Breaking News! China to Ban CBD and 3 Other Cannabis Sativa Derived Ingredients in Cosmetics

In the future, Cannabis Sativa Fruit, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Leaf Extract, and CBD may be prohibited cosmetic ingredients in China.

On March 26, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) opened a public consultation, which outlawed the use of Cannabis Sativa Fruit, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Leaf Extract, and Cannabidiol (CBD) in cosmetics. Stakeholders with any comments can send back to the NIFDC by email at hzpbwh@nifdc.org.cn before April 19, 2021. 1

Status Quo of Cannabis Cosmetics

In the past two years, cannabis cosmetics are undoubtedly one of the hottest products in China. There has also been a significant increase of international brands successfully filing imported cannabidiol skincare products at the NMPA in 2020 and 2021, with the total of 15 being filed. By comparison, 2019 had zero filings. 2 As for domestic products, the filing records have shot up to the thousands, covering almost all mainstream categories such as cleanser, lotion, essence, body care, etc.

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