Takehome: On Nov. 12, China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI) opened a public consultation on five draft group standards (including 2 guidelines and 3 cosmetic ingredients quality standards) on cosmetic safety assessment in line with a regulatory reform schedule which was detailed in an earlier ChemLinked report.
The development of five new draft group standards was headed by CAFFCI in collaboration with some leading companies including Unilever China, L’Oréal China and Shanghai Jahwa to provide a reference basis for cosmetic enterprises to strengthen safety management, foster increased industry self-regulation and ultimately standardize the market. In general, group standards refer to a series of voluntary standards established or adopted by a professional association or body for enterprises’ reference.
Deadline for public comments is Dec. 10. Any advice or suggestions can be submitted to CAFFCI by email or by fax. Meanwhile, relevant patents and supporting documents can be attached to support your feedback. Please contact us at email@example.com if translations are required.
Specifics of the 5 draft standards are as follows:
The guideline provides common terms, general principle, evaluator requirements, assessment process and report requirements of safety assessment for cosmetic ingredients, finished products and impurities. The most critical content of the guideline lies in part 8 safety assessment on cosmetic ingredients, where 8 assessment principles and detailed requirements of four-step approach are introduced, namely hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization.
In a move to unify the industry understandings of frequently-used cosmetic terms and facilitate supervision, the Guideline which is applicable to cosmetic raw ingredients manufactured, sold and used in China expounds the definitions of safety data sheet, shelf life, validity period, retest date, life cycle and certificate of analysis. Obligations of cosmetic manufacturer, ingredient supplier/manufacturers in regards to lifecycle management of raw materials are also clarified.
3 Draft quality standards for cosmetic ingredients
|Standard name||Active ingredient||Content|
|Cosmetic ingredients-Rhodiola crenulata root extract||Salidroside
|Cosmetic ingredients-Camellia japonica/ reticulata flower extract||Polyphenol||
|Cosmetic ingredients-Hydrolyzed silk||Polypeptide||