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China Alerts the Use of Whitening Ingredient Phenylethyl Resorcinol (SymWhite 377) in General Cosmetics

The addition of phenethyl resorcinol in general cosmetics is suspected of exceeding the scope of general cosmetics and will result in notification failure.

Recently, cosmetic industry insiders revealed that China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) is organizing spot check of the notification information on the new notification platform, with the focus placed on general cosmetics that contain whitening ingredients such as phenethyl resorcinol (commonly known as SymWhite 377 in the industry). These products often claim “skin brightening and skin whitening." Such products are suspected of special cosmetics with whitening efficacy, which exceeds the scope of general cosmetics. All notifiers are required to strictly check the notification dossiers, prohibit the use of restricted or permitted ingredients beyond their scope or limits, and prohibit illegal claims and exaggerated publicity.

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