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CSAR Subsidiary Regulations: China Consults on the Draft Measures for the Management of Cosmetic Supplementary Testing Methods

Cosmetic supplementary testing methods can be used for cosmetic sampling inspection, cosmetics quality and safety cases investigation and handling, as well as adverse reaction investigation and disposal, etc. Cosmetic illegal addition and cosmetic adulteration will be subject to strict supervision.

On November 12, 2020, China NMPA released the draft Measures for the Management of Cosmetic Supplementary Testing Methods for public consultation. Any suggestions can be mailed to ChemLinked (cosmetic@chemlinked.com) before December 10, 2020, and we will submit it to the NMPA.

This draft Measure consists of 6 chapters, 29 articles and an attachment. It specifies the application scope, competent authorities, drafting procedures, technical guidelines and compilation rules of cosmetic supplementary testing methods.

The key points of the draft are as follows:

1. Definitions

Cosmetic supplementary testing methods refer to the test methods that are not included into the existing national standards, which will be used for cosmetic sampling inspection, cosmetics quality and safety cases investigation and handling, as well as adverse reaction investigation and disposal once published. The testing results can be directly used as the basis for law enforcement.

2. Application Scope

The supplementary testing methods formulated by the NMPA apply to the cosmetics that may be adulterated or produced with prohibited cosmetic ingredients, and cannot be tested in accordance with the testing items and testing methods prescribed by the national cosmetic standards and technical specifications.

3. Related Administration Departments

NMPA

Responsible for the management of cosmetic supplementary testing methods, including the organization of project establishment, drafting and verification, as well as the method review, approval and release, etc.

Cosmetics Supplementary Testing Method Review Committee

Responsible for offering review comments on cosmetic supplementary testing method project establishment and method draft. The committee consists of a secretariat and an expert panel.

  • Expert panel: Composed of personnel from the medical product administration departments, cosmetic testing institutions, etc., it is mainly responsible for the technical review of the cosmetic supplementary testing method project establishment and method draft.

  • Secretariat: It is mainly responsible for the format review of the cosmetic supplementary testing method project establishment and method draft, the organization of expert review, the submission of draft methods, etc.

4. Development Process

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