CFDA Issued the Second Draft Version of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC) for Public Comments

30 May 2014, The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have published a notice to invite public comments on the second draft version of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC 2014), containing 8203 ingredients. The deadline for comments is 15 June 2014. Compared with the first draft version issued on 24 Jan 2014, the new version includes fewer ingredients. CIRS encourages you to check this draft inventory immediately if you are supplying cosmetic ingredients or finished cosmetics to China.

The English Version of the 2nd draft version of IECIC (2014) can be downloaded here.

The comparison between the 1st draft version and the 2nd draft version is listed as follows:

IECIC 2014 1st Draft Version

IECIC 2014 2nd Draft Version

  • 8641 cosmetic ingredients;
  • Has removed banned ingredients;
  • Indicated the maximum level of use in products already approved in China
  • 8203 cosmetic ingredients
  • Deleted the column Maximum Level of Use in Products Already Approved
  • Addition of approved new cosmetic ingredients;
  • Addition of ingredients used as preservatives, hair dyes, sun-screening agents and colorants


In addition to that CFDA has published a separate list called as the inventory of cosmetics ingredients temporarily not to be added onto IECIC and this list covers 3382 ingredients. This list can be accessed here.

Background Information

In Jan 2014, CFDA has published a draft edition of IECIC (2014) for public consultations. However, many cosmetic ingredients already used in domestic non-special use cosmetics in China are not included in the draft edition of IECIC (2014). In March 2014, CFDA have published a notice to request companies to nominate those cosmetic ingredients onto the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC). As a result of this, many companies have nominated. However, they could not provide sufficient information to demonstrate the use.

A cosmetic ingredient may be added to the inventory of cosmetics ingredients temporarily not added onto IECIC for 5 reasons:

    • Companies cannot provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the ingredient has been used in China;
    • There are some errors with the nomenclature of the ingredient;
    • There are safety concerns with the ingredient;
    • The use of the ingredient may violate national laws, for example, the ingredient is made from endangered animals;
    • There are safety concerns with the ingredient and further verification is required;

CIRS's Comments

This may be the last time for CFDA to invite public comments on the compilation of IECIC. The final IECIC is highly likely to be released at the end of June 2014. After IECIC has been finalized, any cosmetic ingredients not on IECIC will be subject to CFDA registration. At a recent seminar held in Shanghai, one official from CFDA has said that the approval of new cosmetic ingredient will be loosened significantly and he expects to see dozens of new cosmetic ingredients to be approved per year. This may be very exciting news for the industry. If you need more information, please feel free to contact Ms April Guo(



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Ms April Guo, CIRS China

Specialized field: application for hygiene License, record-keeping certificate for imported cosmetics, safety evaluation of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients, standard labelling for cosmetics, SDFA registration, CIQ label, etc.

  • Ms April Guo, China Office
    11F Building 1, Dongguan Hi-Tech Park, 1288 Chunbo Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052, China
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