Regulatory Requirement of Cosmetics in China

Regulatory Requirement of Cosmetics in China


In China, the cosmetics are divided into 2
categories: non-special use and special use cosmetics. There are 5 sub-categories in the non-special
use cosmetics: skin care; hair care; nail care; perfume and makeup. For special use cosmetics there are 9 sub-categories:
hair growth; hair dye; hair perm; depilation; deodorization; fitness; breast shaping; anti
freckle and sunscreens. According to the regulations all imported
cosmetics have to be registered at the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration). The duration of the registration with the
CFDA is about 6-8 months for non-special use cosmetics, and 10-18 months for special use
cosmetics. For the cosmetics recorded by the Shanghai
Pudong New Area, the whole time of the record- keeping is about 4 months. All cosmetics have to be tested on animals
to fulfill the registration process, expect domestic non-special use cosmetics. During the registration with CFDA, the first
step for the foreign manufacturers is to appoint the Chinese responsible person to register
the cosmetics. Any legal entity can be the responsible person,
like a WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise), a distributor, or a third party consulting
firm. Each licence will be valid for 4 years. Most submitted documents will be resubmitted
for the licence renewal. But if the resubmitted information is not
consistent with the information recorded, the licence renewal will be failed. So we normally suggest that the foreign applicants
keep the full dossier despite that they’ve got the approval from CFDA for their products.

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