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COVID-19 Impacting Implementation of Cosmetic Regulatory Reforms

The refinement and release of China’s overarching cosmetic regulation CSAR will be postponed. The development and implementation of subordinate rules and standards will also be delayed. Stakeholders should now use a courier to submit hardcopy filing dossiers of non-special use cosmetics. The applications for clearance of cosmetics will be suspended, and the clearance speed will be slowed down.

The spread of the novel coronavirus has affected every link in the cosmetic industry chain, including manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and retail channels. China is prioritizing the production and acquisition of vital medical resources to aid in its fight against COVID-19. Government capacities and resources, particularly those associated with anything seen as superfluous in the fight against COVID-19, have been requisitioned, reassigned, or simply halted. NMPA (China’s cosmetic regulator) is now facing a major crisis, and all capacities will be funneled towards the battle with the epidemic. NMPA is also tasked with regulating pharmaceutical drugs, traditional Chinese medicine, and medical devices, and it can be expected that streamlining market entry, manufacture, logistics, and other vital links in these supply chains will occupy the majority of the administrator's resources. The most obvious impact will be a delay in the release and implementation of the final CSAR and obviously some changes in the submission method for hardcopy dossiers and documents required during the filing of non-special use cosmetics.

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