Since May 1, 2021, China has implemented a new cosmetic registration and notification system. However, after the implementation, cosmetic companies encountered various problems during the actual registration or notification process due to the brand-new regulation framework. During a recent training course hosted by NMPA, officials and review experts addressed the concerned questions relating to cosmetic notification, labeling, efficacy evaluation, safety assessment, etc., from cosmetic companies. Following are the noteworthy points:
1. Notification of General Cosmetics
Pre-market review for the notification of general cosmetics is no longer needed. The notification of general cosmetics is deemed completed after the submission of notification dossiers, then the cosmetics can be placed on the market. The basic notification information will be made public within five working days after the submission. However, the five working days is not for dossier review, but just for the authority to compile the information for publicity. After the notification, notified cosmetics will be subject to random post-market inspections.
From January 1, 2022, the annual reporting system will be implemented for general cosmetics. The notifiers shall submit the annual report for cosmetics notified more than one year ago through the new registration and notification online system from January 1 to March 31 each year.