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Interpretation of New Cosmetic Ingredient Management in China

original article from CIRS

Recent years, there are only a few of new cosmetic ingredients being approved in China. They are Potassium 4-methoxysalicylate, 9.69% methyl isobutyl thiazolinone, L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate, Garden Pea flower extracts, fructo-oligose, Cetyl trimethyl ammonium chloride, Dimethoxy methyl phenyl - 4 - propyl benzodiazepines, poly methyl propylene acyl lysine, Phenylethyl Resorcinol and Samara oil. The amount of the approved new cosmetic ingredient is low is due to the strict cosmetic ingredient regulations in China.

For enterprises that want to enter into Chinese cosmetic market, it is advised to have a better understanding of what is going on for the cosmetic regulations in China. Recently, there are a few updates on the cosmetic regulations in China: “Management of New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration (draft version for public comment)”, “Inventory of Used Cosmetic Ingredient”, “Measures for Cosmetic Supervision (draft version for public comment)”.

The table below lists out the differences between the existing cosmetic registration system and the cosmetic registration system in the future according to the new regulations.

Existing Registration System

Registration System in the Future


Natural or artificial ingredient that firstly used for manufacturing cosmetic in China

Natural or artificial ingredient that is listed on “the Inventory of Used Cosmetic Ingredient”

Way of Approval

Published as approval announcement

Approval of New Cosmetic Ingredient on Trial (valid for 4 years)

Risk Control


New ingredient tracing system and safety risk information gathering system


All the enterprises can use the ingredient after the publication of the announcement

Enterprises that are listed on the approval announcement can use the ingredient, otherwise, notification for using or producing such ingredient shall be submitted by the enterprises


Ingredient will be included in the “Inventory of Used Cosmetic Ingredient” after the approval

Re-evaluation system will be used. After 4 years trial of the approved new cosmetic ingredient, only can the cosmetic ingredient be included in the “Inventory of Used Cosmetic Ingredient”

According to the contents listed in the table above, it is seen that the cosmetic regulations are getting even stricter in the future. It will be quite challenging for enterprises to register a new cosmetic ingredient in China due to the difficulties and long duration. However, it is still advised that enterprises register the new cosmetic ingredient compliantly, since the punishment would be very harsh if an enterprise uses unregistered cosmetic ingredient.

It is stipulated that: 1. According to the “Measures of Cosmetic Hygiene Supervision”, the products with unregistered ingredient will be confiscated, and profits made from those products will also be confiscated and a fine of 3-5 times of the profits will be imposed on lawbreakers. Punishment of shut down or suspension of “Certificate of Cosmetic Manufacturer” can also be made to the enterprises. It is also stipulated in the newly published “Measures for Cosmetic Supervision (draft version for public comment)” that the punishment of “Severe Illegal Production” will be made to the legal person and the enterprises if using the unregistered ingredient to manufacture cosmetics. Illegal profits, illegally manufactured cosmetics and devices for illegal production will all be confiscated. A fine of 20,000 RMB to 50,000 RMB will be made if the price of illegal product is less than 10,000 RMB. A fine of 5 to 10 times of the price of illegal products will be made if price of illegal products is more than 10,000 RMB. For severe situation, a rejection of application of cosmetic related certificate will be made to the responsible person and enterprises within 5 years.

Mr. Xu Liang, Director of Beijing Daily-Use Chemicals Institute, and Mr. Zhang Hongwei, Director of Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety, China Center for Disease Control & Prevention, will both be invited to speak at the 1st Summit on Cosmetic Regulations in the Asia-Pacific (SCRA 2015) at Shanghai, China, on 10 June 2015. They will make in-depth interpretations on the topics of “Scientific Management of Cosmetic Ingredient in China” and “Latest Requirements and Critical Points on the Technical Review of New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration in China”. It is recommended that enterprises take this chance to participate in this summit and share your experience and questions with the professionals and attendees.

If you need more information on the SCRA 2015 or cosmetic registration, please contact Ms. Grace Chen:

Relevant Links:

SCRA 2015
Cosmetic Registration in China


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