Since Jan. 2021, the regulatory authorities in more than 20 regions in China, such as Beijing and Zhejiang, have issued the Special Inspection Work Plan for Children Cosmetics. Most of the work plans are similar, carrying out special rectification work on children cosmetics from Mar. 1 to Sep 30. 1
Key Points of the Special Inspection Work Plan
1. Key Inspection Products
Cosmetics illegally added hormones and anti-infective drugs;
Counterfeit and substandard cosmetics;
Cosmetics without certificates;
Cosmetics claiming "medicated cosmetics," "medical skincare products,";
Homemade cosmetics without production licenses.
2. Major Inspection Items
Manufacturers of infant and children cosmetics, the registrants and notifiers of entrusted products
Post-notification inspection of notified infant and children cosmetics
Infant and children cosmetics operators such as supermarkets, maternal and infant products specialty stores, children barber shops, infant bath centers, and cosmetics centralized trading markets
Sampling and Testing
Leave-on infant and children cosmetics
Microorganisms, hormones, anti-infective drugs, and fluconazole.
Investigation and Punishment
The special inspections on children cosmetics will last for 7 months, cover a wide range of inspection targets and impose heavy penalties for non-compliance. Children cosmetics are now ushering more stringent surveillance in China. While strengthening post-market surveillance of children cosmetics, China also put forward special requirements for children cosmetics’ registration, notification and production.
Special Requirements for Children Cosmetics under the New Regulations
Compared with adult cosmetics, Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 and Guidance on Application and Review of Children Cosmetics have already imposed stricter requirements on children cosmetics’ ingredients, formulas, production processes, labels, use methods, and quality control. Three CSAR subsidiary regulations, Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers, Cosmetic Classification Rules and Catalog (Draft) and Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics (Draft), will further tighten the registration, notification and production requirements for children cosmetics.