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China to Amend Cosmetic Prohibited Ingredient Lists: 17 Newly Prohibited Ingredients and Stricter Ban on Drug Ingredients

The main amendments include adding 17 prohibited ingredients, amending 13 prohibited ingredients and 27 prohibited plant (animal) ingredients, classifying and merging prohibited drug ingredients into three categories, and modifying some text contents.

On Jan. 22, 2021, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control released the draft amended Inventory of Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients and Inventory of Prohibited Plant (Animal) Cosmetic Ingredients for the public consultation. 1 Any suggestions can be mailed to hzpbwh@nifdc.org.cn before Feb. 18, 2021.

Main Amendments

1) Newly add 17 prohibited ingredients

Newly Prohibited Ingredient Categories

Examples of Newly Prohibited Ingredients

With reference to the international laws and regulations, and combined with Chinese assessment results of the restricted ingredients, permitted ingredients in Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (STSC), and some ingredients in IECIC, the draft Inventories newly include ingredients that may have safety risks

3-Benzylidene Camphor, 3-and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC), Tagetes erecta L.(Tagetes erecta flower extract; Tagetes erecta flower oil), 2-chlorobenzene-1,4-diamine (2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine) and its sulfate, Boric acid, Borates and tetraborates and other borates and esters, Sodium perborate, Formaldehyde, Paraformaldehyde, Dichloromethane; methylene chloride, etc.

According to Chinese safety assessment conclusions, the draft Inventories newly include ingredients that may have safety risks when used in cosmetics


With reference to other countries’(regions’) regulatory updates, combined with Chinese assessment results, the draft Inventories newly include ingredients that may have safety risks

2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (atranol), 3-Chloro-2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (chloroatranol), Clorofene; chlorophene; 2-benzyl-4-chlorophenol, Cyclohexylamine, Imidazole

According to PinGuan, most of the newly prohibited ingredients are not used frequently, so the impact on cosmetics R&D is limited. However, ingredients such as boric acid, Tagetes erecta flower extract are currently added in some products. Registration or notification of cosmetics containing newly prohibited ingredients may be canceled in the future. 2

For cosmetic enterprises, some raw materials that may contain prohibited ingredients need to be additionally tested, and the use of these raw materials should be avoided in the future.

2) Amend 13 prohibited ingredients

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