Takehome: Classified supervision based on risk assessment and development of a regulatory environment that fosters industry self-regulation are major targets in China’s overarching cosmetic regulation.
From Nov. 23 to Nov. 24 2018, Shanghai held the first International Cosmetics Industry Summit in Fengxian District, attended by a number of Chinese government officials and hundreds of renowned international and domestic cosmetics enterprises including AHC, Avene, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dabao and Pechoin.
During the conference, Li Jinju, Deputy Chief of Cosmetics Regulation Section of NMPA expounded the strategy and direction of pending regulatory policies that will guide China’s cosmetic industry going forward. With regard to the pending release of Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulations (CSAR), Li unveiled that the revised CSAR has been designed to address the following 5 key issues:
The current standardized management (mandatory registration) of cosmetic raw materials will be shifted to filing management, requiring enterprises to declare ingredients, prepare materials and conduct risk monitoring themselves.
In the future, the registrant, filer and domestic responsible person will be the main entities liable for the responsibilities of products including safety assessment and efficacy claim.
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