- Perfecting cosmetic regulatory mechanisms, strengthening regulatory capacity and cracking down on violations especially those involving addition of illegal substances and counterfeiting are China’s priority regulatory tasks.
On Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, the national cosmetic supervision and administration work conference convened in Beijing, laying out the 2019 work scheme for China cosmetic sector with 6 key tasks, included:
1. To further improve cosmetic regulatory system
Promoted by the fact that the pending Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) has gone through its last phase of development before promulgation, China authorities endeavor to accelerate the development of ancillary regulations in 2019.
The proposed supporting rules and normative documents are as follows:
|Cosmetic Market Access Management||Amendment/New Regulation|
|Post-market Supervision||New Regulation|
|Technical Standards||New Regulation|
2. To improve the filing management of non-special use cosmetics
A corpus of prohibited claim terminology together with lists of prohibited/restricted ingredients will be established in the filing system to increase the efficiency of filing.
Furthermore, China will reinforce supervision during and after the filing process as well as adopt a credit rating principle to manage filed enterprises. Enterprises found violating regulations will be issued with a negative rating and will be subject to much more stringent control.
3. To optimize cosmetic review mechanism
With regards to cosmetic review, the following targets will be pursued:
- Build a team of specialized technical review experts;
- Improve the management on cosmetic new ingredients based on their inherent risks;
- Stress enterprises’ responsibilities e.g. the authority will assign the review of cosmetics administrative license renewal to enterprise;
- Cancel the accreditation of cosmetics administrative licensing and filing testing institutions.
4. To strengthen in-market and post-market supervision
Cosmetic regulatory authorities at all levels are required to further strengthen the mechanism of random inspection and risk monitoring in accordance with the developed national supervision plan. The on-site inspection will be stepped up for incompliant cosmetics (illegal addition and counterfeiting) and enterprises found in inspection.
5. To carry out the online-offline supervision nationwide
In a move to standardize the online cosmetic market, China NMPA will cooperate with relevant departments including MIIT, the Ministry of Public Security and SAMR to jointly crack down on online cosmetics that are illegally produced or sold.
6. To enhance the regulatory capacity, advance information sharing and strengthen public education in terms of cosmetic regulations and information helping safe consumption.
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