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Monthly Recap: Asia-Pacific Cosmetic Regulatory Updates | May 2021

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China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI) Approves One Group Standard

On April 30, CAFFCI released the group standard “T/CAFFCI 46-2021 Qualitative Detection of Microorganisms in Cosmetics - Amplified ATP Bioluminescence Method”. This standard specifies the instruments and equipment, culture medium and reagents, inspection procedures, and result interpretation of the amplified ATP biofluorescence method. It took effect on May 29. CAFFCI encourages cosmetic manufacturers and business operators to adopt this group standards voluntarily. (Reference Link)

The New Cosmetics Registration and Notification Information Service Platforms Puts into Service

On May 1, 2021, China’s new cosmetics registration and notification information service platform enabled the special cosmetics registration management module, and the new cosmetic ingredient registration and notification management module. The platform also released corresponding user manuals to help companies to carry out relevant business. (Reference Link)

China Introduces Transitional Arrangements Concerning the Change of Cosmetics Registration and Notification Information Management Platforms

On May 7, 2021, China NMPA released a set of transitional arrangements to ensure smooth and orderly progress of cosmetics registration and notification work. The transitional arrangements mainly clarify matters related to the application acceptance, review, and approval of cosmetic registration and notification during the transitional period of the previous and the new platforms. (ChemLinked News)

China Approves Three Cosmetics National Standards

On May 7, 2021, the Standardization Administration of China issued two national standards for testing cosmetics and one national standard for toothpaste safety evaluation. They are “GB/T 39993-2021 Determination of Permitted Preservatives Dimethyl Oxazolidine, 7-ethylbicyclooxazolidine and 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane in Cosmetics”, “GB/T 39999-2021 Determination of 15 Kinds of Prohibited Quinolone-type Antibiotics in Cosmetics Including Enrofloxacin—Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry”, and “GB/T 40002-2021 Oral Hard Tissue Safety Evaluation of Toothpastes”. These three standards are scheduled to be effective on November 1, 2021. (Reference Link)

China CAFFCI Consults on Four Group Standards for Cosmetic Ingredients

On May 12, China CAFFCI opened a public consultation on four group standards, which are “T/CAFFCI XXXX-202X Cosmetic Ingredients - Aminoethylphosphinic Acid”, “T/CAFFCI XXXX-202X Cosmetic Ingredients - Raspberryketone Glucoside”, “T/CAFFCI XXXX-202X Cosmetic Ingredients - Capryloyl Glycine”, and “T/CAFFCI XXXX-202X Cosmetic Ingredients - Capryloyl Salicylic Acid”. Any advice or suggestion can be mailed to zhangpeng@caffci.org or liuy@caffci.org before June 11, 2021. (Reference Link)

NMPA Publishes the List of the First Batch of Cosmetics Sampling Inspection and Re-Inspection Institutions

On May 17, China NMPA published the first batch of 18 cosmetics sampling inspection and re-inspection institutions, locating in various provinces and cities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Heilongjiang, Shanghai and Jiangs. According to Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulations, in case of any objections to the inspection conclusion, cosmetics manufacturers and business operators can file a re-inspection application to the department performing the sampling inspection or its higher-level medical products administration department. The re-inspection institution shall be randomly determined among the list of re-inspection institutions by the administration department who accepts the re-inspection application. The re-inspection conclusion shall be deemed as the final conclusion. (Reference Link)

Five Batches of Cosmetics were Rejected in April 2021

On May 21, China General Administration of Customs (GAC) gave an update on rejected food and cosmetics. Four batches of shampoos imported from Taiwan, China and one batch of loose powder imported from Japan failed customs inspection in April. Reasons for rejections were unqualified labels and excessive lead. (Reference Link)

China Implements Amended Cosmetic Prohibited Ingredient Inventories: 24 Newly Prohibited Ingredients Including Cannabidiol (CBD)

On May 28, NMPA released and implemented the finalized Inventory of Prohibited Ingredients for Cosmetics and Inventory of Prohibited Plant (Animal) Ingredients for Cosmetics. Compared with the previous inventories of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, the main amendments include adding 24 prohibited ingredients (including CBD and three other Cannabis Sativa derived ingredients), amending the names and CAS numbers of prohibited ingredients, classifying and merging prohibited drug ingredients. Starting from May 28, 2021, cosmetic registrants and notifiers are not allowed to produce or import products containing prohibited ingredients stipulated in the new inventories. (ChemLinked News)

Shanghai Advertising Association Promulgates Standards for Cosmetic Advertising

In accordance with Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulations, the Shanghai Advertising Association promulgated the Standards for Cosmetic Advertising in May. The Standards acts as a reference for cosmetic companies when advertising products. (ChemLinked News)

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