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India Clarifies Regulatory Requirements for Cosmetic Import Registration

Shortly after the enforcement of the Cosmetics Rules 2020, India released a list of FAQs and a guideline, detailing the categories, procedures, required dossiers, fees, time, etc., for the application of cosmetic import registration certificate in India.

On December 15, 2020, India released and implemented the Cosmetics Rules 2020. To streamline the import registration process of cosmetics and facilitate enterprises’ businesses, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) published a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a guidance document for cosmetic import registration under the new regime on January 19, 2021. 1

The details of the documents are as follows:

Import Cosmetic Categories

Any articles falling within the definition of cosmetics specified in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Cosmetics Rules 2020 shall be registered with the CDSCO along with pack size, variants (e.g., different colors, shades, flavors), and manufacturing premises before import into India.

The cosmetic categories permitted for import mainly include 80 classes, such as face care products excluding face masks, face masks, eye contour products, lip care products, hand care products, foot care products, body care products, external intimate care products, soap products, etc.

Application Procedures

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