Breaking News: CFDA Issued the Final Version of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China

The final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China (IECIC 2014) is published on 30 June 2014, according to the official notice issued by CFDA. There are 8783 ingredients listed in the final version of IECIC 2014. CIRS encourages you to check the inventory immediately to make sure that your products can be legally used in China.

The English Version of the final version of IECIC (2014) can be downloaded here.

The following documents are the main references of the final version of IECIC (2014):

  • IECIC 2003;
  • 3 draft versions of IECIC 2012;
  • Hygienic Standard for Cosmetics (2007);
  • Approved new cosmetic ingredients;
  • Ingredients used in approved domestic non special use cosmetics.


Previously, cosmetic ingredients can be used in China only when both of the following conditions apply:

  • The ingredients have been used in China;
  • The safety of ingredients has been assessed


The criteria for determining whether a cosmetic ingredient is new, will be simplified when the final version of IECIC (2014) is available. The comparison between old and new criteria can be found in the Table:

Old criteria

New criteria

  • IECIC 2003/2012;
  • Whether the ingredients have been used in registered  special-use cosmetics and the use level is lower than the approval level;
  • Whether the ingredients are subject to the part of full plant which can be used in cosmetics;
  • Final version of IECIC (2014)

Note: The safety of ingredients listed in the final version of IECIC (2014) has not been evaluated by CFDA.

CIRS' Comments

By publishing the final version of IECIC, CFDA transfers the responsibilities of safety assessment of a cosmetic ingredient to its manufacturers or importers. The final version of IECIC 2014 will be the only reference to identify whether an ingredient can be legally used in cosmetics manufactured in China or imported to China in the future.


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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
    Tel: +86-571 8720 6555 | Fax: +86-571 8720 6533

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