CFDA Officially Removes Compulsory Animal Test requirement for Non-special Use Cosmetics Produced in China

18 Dec 2013, CFDA has a final annoucement regarding the adjustment of record-keeping management of non-special use cosmetics produced in China after 6 weeks' public consultations on a draft notice issued in Nov 2013. Compared to the draft notice, many dates/deadlines have changed.

The key deadlines are:

  • For domestic non-special use cosmetics, companies need to conduct online record-keeping of their products from 30th Jun 2014 before marketing their products in China. The provincial food and drug authority will no longer issue record-keeping certificates for approved domestic non-special use cosmetics. The record-keeping requirements will be reduced while post-market supervision will be strengthened.
  • Cosmetics with skin-whitening and skin pigmentation reduction claims will be classified as special use cosmetics (anti-freckle category) from 16th Dec 2013. The whitening cosmetics produced/approved before 30th June 2015 can be sold until the end of their shelf life;

According to the announcement, toxicology test reports will no longer be required if companies have the capabilities to conduct their own safety assessment of ingredients to ensure the safety of their finished cosmetic products.

To find out the differences between current record-keeping requirements and the new record-keeping requirements, please click here.

CIRS’ Comments

CFDA is very efficient this time. It is not clear when the current compulsory animal test will also be removed for imported cosmetics or special use cosmetics produced in China.

For many foreign cosmetic brands who wish to enter the Chinese market while avoiding animal test during CFDA approval process, there may be a way forward for them to achieve both: finding a toll manufacturer to manufacture their cosmetic products locally in China. For many local cosmetic companies that do not have sufficient safety assessment capabilities, carrying out toxicology test is easier to do.


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