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China Cancels Overseas Laboratory Qualification Certificates for Submission of Overseas Testing Reports

On Nov 29, China NMPA announced the cancellation of certificates related to overseas laboratory qualification. This certification was previously a mandatory requirement for cosmetic companies that wanted to use testing reports from overseas labs detailing sun-protection effects as required for registration of sunscreens.

With an aim to cancel unnecessary certifications and simplify the administrative procedures as requested by the China State Council, on Nov 29, China NMPA released the list of the third batch of certifications canceled. [1] In the list one cosmetic certification is included: overseas laboratory qualification certificates or certificates of compliance with relevant regulations.

According to Provisions for Application and Acceptance of Administrative Licensing for Cosmetics, cosmetic companies are permitted to submit testing reports of sun-protection effect (SPF, PFA or PA) from overseas laboratories without the need to conduct the same testing domestically when applying for registration of sunscreens. In such a case, a qualification certificate of the corresponding overseas laboratory shall be submitted simultaneously. Detailed requirements are as follows:

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