CFDA Consults on Consolidated Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China

24 Jan 2014, CFDA has published a notice to invite public comments on a consolidated Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC 2014). The deadline for comments is 20 Feb 2014. Compared to IECIC 2003 which only contains 3265 cosmetic ingredients, the 2014 draft IECIC contains 8641 cosmetics ingredients. CIRS encourages you to check this draft inventory immediately if you are supplying cosmetic ingredients or finished cosmetics to China. 

This inventory can be accessed here.

The comparison between IECIC 2003 and IECIC 2014 Draft is listed as follows:

IECIC 2003 IECIC 2014 Draft
  • 3265 cosmetic ingredients in total.
  • 2156 general ingredients;
  • 546 specific cosmetic ingredients;
  • 563 natural ingredients including traditional Chinese medicine;
  • Includes banned ingredients.
  • Only ingredient names are given.
  • 8641 cosmetic ingredients;
  • Has removed banned ingredients;
  • Has indicated the maximum level of use in products already approved.

Background Information

According to the hygiene supervision over cosmetics (1990), the use of new ingredient for cosmetics production must be approved first. The rules for the application of administrative licenses for cosmetics (2009) have also clearly indicated that the use of new ingredient in cosmetics in China must be licensed.

An ingredient will be regarded as “used” if it meets any one of the three following criteria:

  • The ingredient is included in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC 2003 or 2014 draft) and is not a banned substance; or
  • The ingredient has been used in a licensed special use cosmetic product; or
  • The ingredient is part of a plant that has been approved as cosmetic ingredient.


More info about registration of a new cosmetic ingredient with China SFDA can be found here.

CIRS's Comments

The increase of the number of cosmetic ingredients on IECIC is certainly good news for the industry. For a long time, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has relied on IECIC 2003, an internally circulated list of cosmetics ingredients, in determining whether an ingredient is new. This has caused lots of trouble within the industry due to the limited number of ingredients on IECIC (2003) and the difficulty of getting a new ingredient approved. Therefore, to strengthen the safety management of cosmetic ingredients and make determination criteria more transparent, the CFDA has issued a revised version of IECIC in three batches for consultations in 2012 and has finalized two batches in 2013.


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Ms April Guo, CIRS China

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