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Breaking! China to Release New Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients (IECIC 2021 Edition)

The total number of existing cosmetic ingredients in China will be increased from the original 8,783 to 8,980. Compared with the existing version, the most significant change made in the draft IECIC is the addition of ingredients’ highest historical use concentration. Other changes include adding 197 ingredients, deleting 7 ingredients, amending 50 ingredients’ information, and correcting ingredient naming errors.

On January 26, 2021, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released a draft of the new Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (hereinafter referred to as the “draft IECIC”) for public comments. 1 The deadline for the consultation is February 18, 2021. Stakeholders with any suggestions can fill out the feedback form and send it back by email at with supporting materials enclosed. Paper materials shall also be mailed to NIFDC.

  • Recipient: Safety Evaluation Room of Cosmetics Inspection Institute, China NIFDC

  • Address: No. 2, Tiantan Xili, Dongcheng District, Beijing

  • Tel: 010-67095881

Introduction of IECIC

IECIC is a comprehensive collection of ingredients that have been used in cosmetics produced and sold in China. It serves as the sole reference for determining the regulatory status of cosmetic ingredients. All ingredients excluded from the Inventory are deemed "new ingredients" and subject to mandatory pre-market registration or notification with the NMPA under new cosmetic regulations.

It was first introduced in 2014 and last updated in 2015. The existing IECIC 2015 encompasses a list of 8783 cosmetic ingredients. The draft IECIC increases the total number of existing cosmetic ingredients to 8980.

Main Amendments of the Draft IECIC

1. Newly increases the information of ingredients’ highest historical use concentration

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