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CSAR Subsidiary Regulations: China Unveils the Cosmetic Classification Rules and Catalogs

Cosmetics should be encoded based on efficacy claims, application areas, target users, dosage forms, and application methods. From May 1, 2021, cosmetic enterprises shall fill in the product classification code when applying for cosmetic notification or registration in China.

On July 29, 2020, China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) opened a public consultation on draft Cosmetic Classification Rules and Catalog. 1 On April 9, 2021, the finalized Cosmetic Classification Rules and Catalogs (hereinafter referred to as “the Catalogs”) was officially released and will come into force on May 1, 2021. 2

Notably, starting from the Catalogs’ effective date, cosmetic registrants or notifiers shall fill in the product classification code in accordance with the Catalogs when applying for registration of special cosmetics or notification of general cosmetics. For cosmetics that have been registered or notified before May 1, 2021, the cosmetics registrants and notifiers shall supplement product classification codes through the cosmetics registration and notification information service platform before May 1, 2022.

Highlights of the Finalized Catalogs

The Catalogs specify that the classification of cosmetics will adopt a coding system, which has five layers in order as follows:

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