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India Allows Delay in Submission of Notarized Documents for Cosmetic Import Registration

Cosmetic stakeholders can submit self-attestation of regulatory documents to support the application of import registration amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In India, the necessary dossiers for cosmetic import registration such as Power of Attorney, Free Sale Certificate, Manufacturing License require notary, embassy attestation, or apostille. Given the current situation of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cosmetic enterprises are unable to comply with administrative requirements.

India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) published a notice on April 20, 2020, deciding to postpone the submission of notarized, apostilled, and embassy-attested copies of the documents. As per the announcement, applicants may submit applications for import registration under the Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules, along with self-attested documents and an undertaking that they will provide the notarized/apostilled documents with legal signatures after obtaining the same from the concerned authority once the situation returns to normal [1].

What is Apostille?

India acceded to the “Hague Convention of October 5 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (also known as “the 1961 Apostille Convention”)” in 2005 [2]. According to the Convention, the apostille is an international attestation that authenticates the origin of personal, educational, or commercial documents. Currently, it is acceptable in over 110 countries. Any documents issued in one member country can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states, which significantly speedS up the legalization and acceptance of international documents and is beneficial for international business.

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