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[Updated] China Implements Technical Guidelines for Filling in and Submitting Cosmetic Formula

Editor's note: This article, initially published on May 6, 2023, outlines the key points of the draft Technical Guidelines. An update was provided on September 5, 2023 to incorporate key points from the recently released final Technical Guidelines. Sections that have been revised in the finalized Guidelines are highlighted in red.

On May 4, 2023, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released the draft Technical Guidelines for Filling in and Submitting Cosmetic Formula (Guidelines) for public consultation. 1 After a period of four months, the finalized Guidelines was released and implemented by NIFDC on September 4, 2023. 2

Applicable Scope

The Guidelines provides instructions for enterprises seeking to register or notify special/general cosmetics, outlining the requirements for completing the cosmetic formula table, which includes ingredient names, concentration, main use purpose, remarks and safety information, etc.

During the review of registration and notification information, NIFDC has found problems in the filling-in of product formulas, such as non-standard and unreasonable ingredient names, use purposes, etc., which contributes to the introduction of the Guidelines. To address these problems, NIFDC has sorted out the specific issues involved in the filling-in and provided corresponding guidance to enterprises.

Main Contents and Key Points

The Guidelines consists of ten parts and three annexes. ChemLinked summarizes the main contents and key points of the Guidelines.

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