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Latest Developments in China’s Cosmetic Regulations

  •   6 Jul 2018
  •    Winnie Xu
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    Takehome: On May 24th, China Ministry of Justice (MOJ) detailed recent progress in the amendments to Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics.

    Officials from MOJ in collaboration with the Chamber of Beauty Culture and Cosmetics of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (CBC) conducted an investigation to assess the feasibility of proposals to amend Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics.

    During the investigation, Zhang Tiejin, Deputy Secretary-General of CBC, reported a series of problems uncovered during a program of random inspections undertaken in 2017. Key problems encountered included:

    • excessive duration of waiting time in the approval of special use cosmetics and new raw materials;
    • the validity period for expiration of original approvals and etc.

    In response to these issues, Wang Zhenjiang, the director of MOJ, stated that the revision of Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics has been included in the state council’s 2018 legislation working plan. Based on the joint efforts and cooperation of SAMR and MOJ, currently a new draft has been formulated by the two institutions following widespread public consultation and feedbacks. In the next period, MOJ will again solicit opinions during drafting of the new regulation and invite more companies to participate in the discussion. Wang also said that the revision work will, in the spirit of administrative simplification and technological innovation, minimize the burden on enterprises and promote commercialization of research and development outcomes.

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