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China Releases New Regulation for the Cosmetics Industry

SafeGuardSCosmetics Personal Care and HouseholdAugust 07, 2020

China releases regulations on supervision and administration of cosmetics for the cosmetics industry.

The Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China approved a new regulation, Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation, on July 29, 2020. After more than 5years’ wait for this new regulation the cosmetics industry will now face big changes.

Compared to its predecessor, the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation contains many significant changes, such as:

  • New definitions

    Special cosmetic products refer to cosmetics with special purpose or function, such as hair dying, anti-hair loss, permanent waving, skin whitening, sunscreen and other new functions as determined by National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).

    General cosmetic products refer to cosmetics except special cosmetic products. For example, soap with a skin whitening function will be considered a special cosmetic and needs registration.

Special cosmetic products – definition and scope
New UpdateCurrent Scope
Hair dye products
Anti-hair loss
Permanent wave products
Skin whitening products
Other new function products as determined by NMPA
Hair dye products
Anti-hair loss
Permanent wave products
Skin whitening products
Breast beauty products
Body building products
  • Toothpaste

    Toothpaste is not considered as a cosmetic product, however, notification to NMPA is required before launching to the market.

  • New rules on new raw materials

    New raw materials in cosmetics which function as a preservative, sunscreen, colorant, hair dye, or skin whitener can be used only after being registered by the NMPA. Other new cosmetic raw materials shall be notified to NMPA before use.

  • Quality control and safety assessment

    Personnel who are responsible for safety assessment shall possess relevant professional knowledge in the field of cosmetic quality and safety, and shall have more than 5 years of relevant working experience.

    Personnel who are responsible for cosmetic quality and safety shall possess relevant professional knowledge and shall have more than 5 years of relevant working experience in the field of quality and safety control or production management.

  • Highlight the requirement on providing supplementary efficacy material for claim support

    For any efficacy claim on cosmetic products, the responsible person shall upload any research data, literature or abstract of performance test onto the dedicated website for claim substantiation. This allows the authority and consumers easy access to check the details.

This new regulation will enter info force on January 1, 2021.


With the development of new products, regulations for cosmetics, personal care and household are fast changing and increasingly complex. To stay up-to-date with the latest legislation, check out our powerful regulatory compliance platform, SGS Digicomply.

Next Step

The industry shall be aware of the new regulation and be prepared for any necessary changes to the products.

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