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Monthly Recap: Asia-Pacific Cosmetic Regulatory Updates | November 2020

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China Deletes One Exceptional Circumstance for Animal Testing Exemption

On November 5, 2020, China NMPA Consults on the Second Draft of Instructions for Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers. Comparing with the first draft, the exceptional circumstances of animal testing exemption are reduced from 4 to 3. Furthermore, the supervision over children cosmetics will be strengthened going forward. (ChemLinked News)

China Amends Requirements for Cosmetic Efficacy Claim Evaluation 

On November 5, 2020, China released the second draft of Guidelines for Cosmetic Efficacy Claim Evaluation, which amends the evaluation requirements for partial efficacy claims, redefines the evaluation methods and reports, and further specifies the requirements for evaluation abstracts. (ChemLinked News)

China Modifies Requirements for New Cosmetic Ingredients Registration and Notification Dossiers

On November 5, 2020, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released the second draft of Instructions for New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration and Notification Dossiers, which modifies new cosmetic ingredients (NCI) registration and notification dossiers requirements and refines the requirements for testing institutions qualification and testing method. (ChemLinked News)

China Further Strengthens Supervision of Online Live Streaming Sales and Marketing 

On November 6, 2020, State Administration for Market Regulation of China (SAMR) released the Guidelines to Strengthen Online Live Streaming Marketing Activities Supervision. This guideline further regulates online live streaming sales and marketing activities compared with the previous draft unveiled in July, the final guideline adds the clause of protecting consumers' right to know and right to choose. Online live streaming sales activities will be more strictly supervised. (ChemLinked News)

China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Consults on 3 Standards

On November 6, 2020, MIIT released three draft standards for public consultation. They are “Instruction for use of consumer products-General labelling for cosmetics” “Technical specification for safety of soaps and detergents” and “Limits of hazardous substance of inorganic ingredients in cosmetics (including oral care products)”. Advice or suggestions can be sent to MIIT by email at KJBZ@miit.gov.cn before December 5, 2020. (Reference Link)

China State Administration for Market Regulation Consults on 3 Standards

On November 6, 2020, SAMR released three draft standards for public consultation. They are “GB 27599-2011 Titanium dioxide for cosmetic use” “GB 24567-2009 Sodium monofluorophosphate for tooth-paste industry” and “GB 24568-2009 Calcium hydrogen phosphate for tooth-paste industry”. (Reference Link)

Guangdong Chamber of Daily-use Chemicals Solicits Group Standard Projects

On November 6, 2020, Guangdong Chamber of Daily-use Chemicals (GDCDC) issued a notice to solicit the 2021 Group Standard Projects. Stakeholders that need to establish a group standard can submit a project application to GDCDC by email at gdcdc_h@126.com before December 10, 2020. (Reference Link)

China Consults on the Draft Measures for the Management of Cosmetic Supplementary Testing Methods

On November 12, 2020, China NMPA released the draft Measures for the Management of Cosmetic Supplementary Testing Methods, which can be used for cosmetic sampling inspection, cosmetics quality and safety cases investigation and handling, as well as adverse reaction investigation and disposal, etc. Cosmetic illegal addition and cosmetic adulteration will be subject to strict supervision. Any suggestions can be mailed to ChemLinked (cosmetic@chemlinked.com) before December 10, 2020, and we will submit it to the NMPA. (ChemLinked News)

NIFDC Consults on Seven Testing Methods for Cosmetics.

On November 12, 2020, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released 7 cosmetic testing methods for public consultation, which are related to boric acid and borate, tretinoin and its derivatives, 47 kinds of hair dyes, and efficacy evaluation of freckle removing and whitening and anti-hair loss. (ChemLinked News)

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China SAMR to Abolish the Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Regulations on Cosmetic Hygiene Supervision

On November 12, 2020, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued a notice stating that it plans to abolish the "Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Regulations on Cosmetic Hygiene Supervision". Advice or suggestions can be sent to SAMR by email at fgs@samr.gov.cn before December 10, 2020. (Reference Link)

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

On November 12, 2020, CAFFCI released the draft group standard “Cosmetic ingredients-Isopentyldiol” for public consultation. Advice or suggestions can be sent to CAFFCI by email at zhangpeng@caffci.org or liuy@caffci.org before December 10, 2020. (Reference Link)

China Unveils the Toothpaste Regulations

On November 13, 2020, China NMPA released the draft Administrative Measures on Toothpaste. According to this draft, the toothpaste will be subject to a comparable management scheme of cosmetics, requiring notification, testing, safety assessment, efficacy evaluation, new ingredient application, etc. Stakeholders with any comments can send them to the NMPA via email at huazhuangpinchu@163.com before December 12, 2020. (ChemLinked News)

China and 14 Other Countries Sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement

On November 14, 2020, China and 14 other countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement.  The primary aim of the RCEP is to establish a comprehensive economic partnership – building on existing bilateral ASEAN agreements within the region with its FTA partners. It will be guided by a common set of rules and standards, lowered trade barriers, streamlined processes, and improved market access. (ChemLinked News)

Guangdong Chamber of Daily-use Chemicals Consults on One Group Standard

On November 19, 2020, Guangdong Chamber of Daily-use Chemicals (GDCDC) issued a notice to seek public feedback on the group standard “Method of assessment of hair products strength and toughness efficacy". Advice or suggestions can be sent to GDCDC by email at gdrihua@126.com before December 18, 2020. (Reference Link)

Hangzhou Issues the First Management Standard for Risk Classification of Cosmetics Manufacturing Enterprises

On November 20, the Hangzhou Market Supervision Administration of released the first Management Standard for Risk Classification of Cosmetic Manufacturing Enterprises, which is expected to play a positive role in implementing the risk prevention and improving internal management of cosmetics manufacturers, and establish a long-term mechanism of cosmetic safety supervision. (Reference Link)

GAC: 1 Batch of Cosmetics were Rejected in October

On November 24, China General Administration of Customs (GAC) gave an update on rejected food and cosmetics. Only 1 batch of cosmetic imported from Italy failed customs inspection at Chinese ports in October. The reason for the rejection was lack of required documentation. (Reference Link)

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South Korea

South Korea to Implement Humanization Management about Levying Fines 

On November 6, 2020, South Korea released the draft to the Enforcement Rule of Cosmetic Act. This draft proposed to extent the period of paying a fine when the entity is unable to pay the fine due to the financial condition or natural disaster, etc. The consultation period is set to end by December 16. (Reference Link)

Solid Soap, Black Hair Powder and Hair Removal Entirely Transform From Chemicals to Cosmetics From 2021

On November 19, 2020, MFDS published a notice to remind the relevant enterprises to comply with the Cosmetics Act and other related supporting rules. As the grace period ends on December 31, 2020, the solid soap, black hair powder and hair removal wax will be officially managed as cosmetics. ChemLinked provided an article will help companies comprehensively understand the relevant requirements, including the ingredient standard, label items and export procedures, etc. (ChemLinked Analysis Article

South Korea to Implement Humanization Management about Levying Fines

On November 6, 2020, South Korea released the draft to the Enforcement Rule of Cosmetic Act. This draft proposed to extent the period of paying a fine when the entity is unable to pay the fine due to the financial condition or natural disaster, etc. The consultation period is set to end by December 16. (Reference Link)

Solid Soap, Black Hair Powder and Hair Removal Entirely Transform From Chemicals to Cosmetics From 2021

On November 19, 2020, MFDS published a notice to remind the relevant enterprises to comply with the Cosmetics Act and other related supporting rules. As the grace period ends on December 31, 2020, the solid soap, black hair powder and hair removal wax will be officially managed as cosmetics. ChemLinked provided an article will help companies comprehensively understand the relevant requirements, including the ingredient standard, label items and export procedures, etc. (ChemLinked Analysis Article

ASEAN

ASEAN Updates 9 Changes to Cosmetic Ingredients in the Annexes of ACD

The 32nd ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) Meeting was held in November 2020, during which it adopted 9 changes to cosmetic ingredients in the Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD):

  • Added 4 prohibited ingredients

  • Amended requirements for 3 restricted ingredients

  • Added 1 restricted ingredient

  • Deleted 1 preservative

(ChemLinked News)

ASEAN Updates 9 Changes to Cosmetic Ingredients in the Annexes of ACD

The 32nd ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) Meeting was held in November 2020, during which it adopted 9 changes to cosmetic ingredients in the Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD):

  • Added 4 prohibited ingredients

  • Amended requirements for 3 restricted ingredients

  • Added 1 restricted ingredient

  • Deleted 1 preservative

(ChemLinked News)


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