China Food and Drug Administration, the competent authority of cosmetics, intends to amend the overarching legislative of cosmetics and gives the industry a period of one month from Sept 11th to Oct 10th to submit comments.
The “Regulations concerning the Hygiene Supervision over cosmetics” has been implemented for 23 years since 1990 but so far has never been revised. In the past two decades, profound changes have taken place in the cosmetic industry, the social environment as well as the regulatory and supervisory regime for cosmetics, according to a statement made by CFDA. It is well known that China’s cosmetics industry developed rapidly and is now one of the world’s largest cosmetics markets with an annual sales volume of over 100 Billion RMB, with great potential for growth. Faced with such a booming and large market, the old legislation has failed to keep pace with the development and is grossly inadequate to meet the demands of China’s current market,
An official from the CFDA told ChemLinked that this is first round of opinion-soliciting prior to amendment, designed to get stakeholders’ feedback as early as possible and promote industry involvement throughout the legislative process. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to make proposal on specific articles in the regulation and submit to the CFDA.
The CFDA will start the legislative revision process by taking into consideration suggestions made during this consultation period. The draft of this regulation will be available at the end of 2013 and its release will open the second round public consultation. The official was hesitant to make any more pronouncements due to uncertainty surrounding the CFDA’s future legislative direction. But some industry insiders predict that China plans to tighten the control over cosmetics that have efficacy claims, such as skin-whitening and anti-wrinkle cosmetic products.
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