SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household NO. 112/19
The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), as well as the Standardization Administration (SA), of the People’s Republic of China approved 374 national standards on June 4, 2019. Among these were nine standards related to cosmetic products.
Phenolic antibacterial agent, thimerosal and diphenylmercury can be used as preservatives in cosmetic products. This is the first time their use has been regulated by GB national standards. Before this notification, there was only one standard, GB/T 34806-2017, focusing on the prohibited colorants in cosmetics. A standard covering 38 kinds of permitted colorant is also released for the first time in China. For other methods, they mainly focus on prohibited substances (such as antibiotics), restricted substances (such as glutaral). The new GB standards related to cosmetic products are listed in the table below. These new standards will apply from January 1, 2020.
|GB Code||GB Name||Effective date|
|GB/T 37544-2019||Determination of 6 kinds of phenolic antibacterial agent including o-Cymen-5-ol in Cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37545-2019||Determination of 38 kinds of permitted colorants in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37625-2019||Inspecting rules for cosmetics||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37626-2019||Determination of 9 forbidden penicillins including amoxicillin in cosmetics – Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37628-2019||Determination of astragaloside, paeoniflorin, forsythin and forsythoside A in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37640-2019||Determination of chloroacetaldehyde,2,4-dihydroxy-3-methylbenzaldehyde, crotonaldehyde, acetophenone, 2-pentylidenecyclohexanone and glutaral in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37641-2019||Determination of 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene-O-β-D-glucoside in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37644-2019||Determination of oxyquinoline and nitroxoline in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography||2020.01.01|
|GB/T 37649-2019||Determination of thimerosal and diphenylmercury in cosmetics – High performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry||2020.01.01|
Remark: The original publication of the regulation shall prevail in case of discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version.
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The complete standards can be accessed through the link provided in this article. The industry shall be aware of the new standards and be prepared for any necessary changes to the products.
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