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.  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:
- If laboratories that issued the testing report have been accredited already, the qualification certificate shall be submitted.
- If laboratories that issued the testing report have not been accredited, the certificate/document proving their compliance with "Good Clinical Practices" (GCP) or "Good Laboratory Practice" (GLP) shall be submitted.
- Other documents that describe laboratory qualification.
Starting from the date of issuance of the list, the qualification certificates mentioned above are no longer required. The change will facilitate cosmetic companies using testing reports generated by overseas laboratories.
Collection of Cosmetic Certifications Cancelled
|Batch Number||Release Date||No.||Certification||Requirements after cancellation|
|First Batch ||April 28, 2019||1||Inspection results of production hygiene conditions of domestic special use cosmetics||No need to submit|
|2||Supervision comments of manufacture and sale of domestic special use cosmetics||No need to submit|
|3||Statement of loss of cosmetic production license||No need to submit|
|Second batch ||July 11, 2019||1||Certified documents of the name or address change of the domestic product manufacturer, issued by the local industrial and commercial administration department||No need to submit, change to online verification|
|2||Certified documents of the name or address change of the responsible agency in China for imported cosmetics, issued by the local industrial and commercial administration department||No need to submit, change to online verification|
|Third Batch||November 29, 2019||1||Overseas laboratory qualification certificates or certificates of compliance with relevant regulations||No need to submit|
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