On 13th Sep 2010, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China released the latest Chinese version of the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, 2010, draft) on its website. The deadline for public review and comments is 8th Oct 2010. This version is an update to the 2007 Chinese version of the INCI which was issued by the Chinese Ministry of Health.
The Chinese version of the INCI is set up for the purpose of translation of ingredients from overseas products into Chinese. According to the Instructions for use of consumer products – 'General labeling for cosmetics' (GB5296.3-2008), after a 2 year transitional period, all cosmetic products in China (either manufactured or imported after 17th June) should label their contained ingredients clearly. The foreign name of ingredients must be translated into Chinese, based on Chinese version of the INCI. If an ingredient doesn't find a match in the INCI Chinese version, then it should be referred to as in the Chinese pharmacopoeia (2010), chemical names or botanical names, in that order.
Besides the labelling of all ingredients, companies should be aware that for cosmetics materials imported into China, they are obliged to comply with both China REACH and China Cosmetics Regulations. As the core principle of these two chemical regulations is to supervise new chemical substances in China, only new chemical substances and new cosmetic ingredients are facing the requirements of notification or registration.
Either China REACH or China Cosmetics Regulations demand a qualified legal entity in China to fulfill the obligation of notification or registration for foreign companies, and since the regulations and relevant guidance are frequently updated, it is difficult for overseas companies to keep up-to-date. Therefore, finding a regulatory affairs company with the knowledge and practical background in both regulations is crucial. REACH24H is a chemical-regulation-focused service provider with extensive experience in dealing with EU REACH, China REACH, CLP, GHS, China Cosmetics Regulations and other worldwide chemical regulations. If you have any further questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.