China Releases New GB Standards for Cosmetic Industry
China has released 35 GB standards for testing cosmetic products and their raw materials.
SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 024/18
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), as well as the Standardization Administration (SA) of the People’s Republic of China approved 291 national standards on February 6, 2018.
Among these 291 national standards, there are 35 standards related to cosmetic products and their raw materials.
Eyeliner and removal oil are for the first time to be regulated by GB national standards. Most of these focus on prohibited substances (such as Binapacryl and NDELA), restricted substances (such as Inorganic sulfites and hydrogen sulfites), preservatives (Undec-10-enoic acid and its salts), UV-filters and skin whitening substances. The GBs are listed in Table 1. These new standards apply from September1, 2018.
|GB Code||GB Name|
|GB/T 13531.6-2018||General methods on determination of cosmetics – Determination of particle size|
|GB/T 13531.7-2018||General methods on determination of cosmetics – Determination of refractive index|
|GB/T 35797-2018||Determination of padimates in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35798-2018||Determination of coumarin and its derivatives in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35799-2018||Determination of sodium PCA in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35800-2018||Determination of hexamidine, chlorhexidine and their salts as preservatives in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35801-2018||Determination of prohibited captan in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35803-2018||Determination of prohibited urocanic acid and its ethyl ester in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35824-2018||Determination of 20 kinds of prohibited and restricted dyestuff in hair dyes – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35826-2018||Determination of prohibited binapacryl and propargite in skin care cosmetics|
|GB/T 35827-2018||General methods on determination of cosmetics—Identification of the emulsion type (w/o or o/w)|
|GB/T 35828-2018||Determination of chromium, arsenic, cadmium, stibium, and lead in cosmetics – Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry|
|GB/T 35829-2018||Determination of four naphthalenediols in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35830-2018||Cleaning products – Determination of triclosan|
|GB/T 35831-2018||Determination of barbaloin in oral care and cleansing products|
|GB/T 35832-2018||Testing method of the abrasivity value of toothpastes|
|GB/T 35837-2018||Determination of prohibited minoxidil in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35889-2018||Liquid/gel eyeliner|
|GB/T 35893-2018||Determination of aluminum zirconium chloride hydroxide complexes, aluminum zirconium chloride hydroxide glycine complexes and aluminum chlorohydrate as antiperspirant active ingredients in cosmetics|
|GB/T 35894-2018||Determination of 10 forbidden glycol ethers and esters in cosmetics—GC-MS|
|GB/T 35914-2018||Makeup-removal oil（lotion, emulsion, balm, cream）|
|GB/T 35915-2018||Cosmetic ingredients – Extract of pearl|
|GB/T 35916-2018||Simultaneous determination of 16 kinds of permitted sunscreen agents and other 8 kinds of ultraviolet absorbents in cosmetics – HPLC|
|GB/T 35919-2018||Oral cavity nursing materials classifications and terms|
|GB/T 35946-2018||Determination of thimerosal in eye cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35948-2018||Determination of seven parabens in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35949-2018||Determination of prohibited aristolochic acid A in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35950-2018||Determination of inorganic sulfites and bisulfites in cosmetics|
|GB/T 35951-2018||Determination of eight macrolide antibiotics such as spiramycin in cosmetics – LC-MS/MS|
|GB/T 35952-2018||Determination of undecylenic acid and zinc undecylenate in cosmetics – Gas chromatography|
|GB/T 35953-2018||Determination of restricted dichloromethane and 1,1,1-trichloroethane in cosmetics – Headspace gas chromatography|
|GB/T 35954-2018||Determination of 10 whitening and freckle-removing components in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography|
|GB/T 35955-2018||Anti-perspiration(fragrant) liquid（lotion, spray, paste）|
|GB/T 35956-2018||Detection and determination of N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA) in cosmetics – HPLC-MS-MS|
|GB/T 35957-2018||Determination of prohibited substances cesium-137, cesium-134 in cosmetics – Gamma spectrometry|
Remark: The original publication of the regulation shall prevail in case of discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version.
China national standards bulletin No, 2 in 2018 
The complete standards are not released yet. However, the industry should be aware of the new standards and be prepared for any necessary changes to products.
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