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How does the New Measures of Online Cosmetic Market Supervision in China Affect Third-party Online Cosmetic Shopping Platforms

original article from CIRS

Recently, a famous third-party online cosmetic shopping platform was inspected by Beijing FDA, a number of imported cosmetic products were found to have non-compliant issues, such as non-compliant labeling. This is a very normal situation for such third-party online platforms in China that a lot of those platforms are not qualified for selling cosmetic products or are selling unqualified cosmetic products.

The power of the internet is growing very dramatically, customers now can easily buy most of the things through internet including cosmetic products. The growth of the online shopping also leads to many product safety issues that have the potential risk of affecting human health. In order to protect customers’ rights, the power of the supervision is also required to be increased.

CFDA and provincial FDA have, together, published a series of policies to put strict supervision contents to ensure the product safety of online cosmetic shopping. In November 2014, CFDA published “the Draft of Measures of Cosmetic Supervision and Administration”, and in January 2015, Guangdong Province published “The Measures of Cosmetic Safety in Guangdong Province”. Both of the new published measures have strict requirements for all the online third-party cosmetic shopping platforms.

Compared to the old “Measures of Cosmetic Hygiene Supervision”, “the Draft” added a lot of new contents, some highlights are as follows:

  • Online third-party cosmetic shopping platforms shall be registered under real name
  • Custom inspection and sales record date shall not be less than 2 years
  • Cosmetic registration certificate and manufacture certificate are required and the valid date duration is 5 years
  • Any illegal manufacturing action will result in a fine of 10 times the price of the product in maximum
  • Online third-party cosmetic shopping platforms will bear joint liability with the cosmetic manufacturer or online distributors
  • Customers, who purchased unqualified product from the third-party platforms, can seek for compensation from the manufacturers or distributors. If the third-party platform can not provide the name, address or contact method of the manufacturers or distributors, customers can seek the compensation directly from the third-party platform. Afterwards, the third-party platform has the rights to seek compensation from the manufacturers or distributors.

Under such strict new supervision policies, how do cosmetic manufacturers, distributors, online platform comply with the new policies? On 10 June 2015, the 1st Summit on Cosmetic Regulations in the Asia-Pacific (SCRA) will be jointly held by CIRS and Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Malaysia at Shanghai, China. Regarding to the “Online Cosmetic Supervision”, Ms. Juxiang Zheng, Director of Zhejiang FDA – Cosmetic Supervision Department is invited to make an in-depth interpretation on this topic, and will share her experience with all the attendees.

Governmental officials, regulatory experts and industrial representatives from China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia are also invited to give talks during the summit. You are invited to attend this summit and share your experience with all the experts and attendees.

For more information of the summit, please visit our summit webpage:
Or contact Ms. Grace Chen for more details:

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