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China Releases Extensive Standards for Cosmetic Ingredients and Efficacy Testing

  •   14 Dec 2018
  •    Winnie Xu
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    • 4 Testing standards will be applied to substantiate cosmetic efficacy from Jan. 1, 2019.
    • CAFFCI has released 10 group standards on cosmetic and fragrance ingredients for the industry’s reference.
    • China MIIT laid out a plan to draft 10 recommended test standards for chemicals used in cosmetics and other daily use consumer products.

    4 Cosmetic efficacy test standards

    On Nov. 13, Zhejiang Health Products and Cosmetics Industry Association released 4 new group standards of cosmetic efficacy testing methods to instruct industry on how to evaluate cosmetic efficacy claims effectively and guarantee the claim is based on scientific evidence. These standards are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 2019.

    No.Chinese NameEnglish NameStandard Code
    1化妆品控油功效测试方法Testing Method for Assessment of Cosmetics Oil-control EfficacyT/ZHCA 001-2018
    2化妆品美白祛斑功效测试方法Testing Method for Assessment of Cosmetic Whitening EfficacyT/ZHCA 002-2018
    3化妆品影响经表皮水分流失测试方法Testing Method for Assessment of Cosmetics on Trans-epidermal Water LossT/ZHCA 003-2018
    4化妆品影响皮肤表面酸碱度测试方法Testing Method for Assessment of Cosmetics on Skin Surface pHT/ZHCA 004-2018

    Generally, it is comparatively difficult to test whether skin care products with specific efficacy claims such as “Whitening”, “Anti-freckles” and Anti-acne” are really effective. Hence, there is virtually no oversight of cosmetic efficacy assessment in China.

    Spearheaded by Proya in collaboration with a number of leading domestic companies including Osmun and Yangshengtang as well as some testing companies, the four group standards were designed to fill in the lack of rationale cosmetic efficacy evaluation standards in China, promote increased industry self-regulation and ultimately standardize the market.

    10 Cosmetics (fragrance) ingredients standards

    On Nov. 30, China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI) released 10 group standards for ingredients used in cosmetics.

    The ten standards provide basic information, technical requirements, test method, inspection principle, packaging, labeling, transportation, storage and shelf life for 10 cosmetic ingredients. Cosmetic manufacture enterprises are encouraged to adopt these voluntary standards: (download here)

    Standard No.English Name
    T/CAFFCI 1-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
    T/CAFFCI 2-2018Cosmetic ingredients: 2-Methyl-2,4-pentanediol
    T/CAFFCI 3-2018Cosmetic ingredients: 3-Phenylpropionaldehyde
    T/CAFFCI 4-2018Cosmetic ingredients: α,3,3-Trimethycyclohexyl Carbinyl Formate
    T/CAFFCI 5-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Benzyl Acetone
    T/CAFFCI 6-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Isobornyl Propionate
    T/CAFFCI 7-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Myrac Aldehyde
    T/CAFFCI 8-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Nerol
    T/CAFFCI 9-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Linalool
    T/CAFFCI 10-2018Cosmetic ingredients: Pyranol

    10 Draft toothpaste/cosmetic ingredient testing standards

    On Nov. 30, China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) revealed its plan to draft 355 new industry standards including 10 items for cosmetic sector, which will be gradually completed in the following three years.

    The 10 industrial standards include:

    Plan No.English NameDeadlineNature of the Standard
    2018-2114T-QBOral cleaning and care products:  Determination of water-soluble pyrophosphate and tripolyphosphate—Ion Chromatography2020Recommended
    2018-2115T-QBOral cleaning and care products: hydroxyapatite for toothpaste use2020
    2018-2116T-QBOral cleaning and care products: Determination of epigallocatechin gallate in toothpastes—High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)2020
    2018-2117T-QBOral cleaning and care products: Determination of sucralose in toothpastes—High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)2020
    2018-2118T-QBOral cleaning and care products: Determination of enzyme antimicrobial activity of enzyme in toothpastes2020
    2018-2119T-QBOral cleaning and care products: Determination of stevioside in toothpastes—High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)2020
    2018-2120T-QBOral cleaning and care products: Determination of sodium copper chlorophyllin toothpastes—High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)2020
    2018-2217T-ZJTesting method for assessment of cosmetics anti-wrinkle efficacy2021
    2018-2218T-ZJTesting method for assessment of cosmetic whitening efficacy2021
    2018-2219T-ZJTesting method for assessment of cosmetics on trans-epidermal water loss2021

    What are group standards?

    Group standards refer to a series of voluntary standards established or adopted by a professional association or body which provide a certain theoretical and practical basis for the formulation of relevant national standards or industrial specifications.

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