February 2022: Global Cosmetic Regulatory Updates

Mar. 06th, 2023

This is a collection of global cosmetic regulatory updates, including cosmetic regulations in Chinathe EU etc.


China NMPA Approves Three New Cosmetic Ingredients

In February, China NMPA updated the notification status of three new cosmetic ingredients (NCIs), two of which are Hydrolyzed Alpha-Glucan Polysaccharide, and β-Nicotinamide Mononucleotide. Details of the NCI notified most recently have not been published so far. ChemLinked will provide an update once this information is released.

China Issues Eight Cosmetics-Related Standards in February

In February, China issued eight cosmetics-related standards. The essential information is as follows:

Release   Date Initiator Standard Name  Effective Date
February 1, 2023 Beijing Daily Chemical Association Guidelines for the Design and Development of Personalized Cosmetic Requirements (Draft) /
February 3, 2023 Guangdong Chamber of Daily Used Chemicals Soothing Efficacy Test of Cosmetics: In Vitro Test Method for the Inhibition of Nitric Oxide (NO) Released from Lipopolysaccharide-induced Macrophage February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023 Firming Lifting Efficacy Test of Cosmetics: In Vitro Test Method of Elastin Content with Fibroblas February 3, 2023
February 14, 2023 Jiangsu Daily Chemical Association Determination of Cosmetic Ingredient’s Anti-allergic Activity by Hyaluronidase Inhibition Test March 14, 2023
February 20, 2023 China Association of Fragrance Flavour and   Cosmetic Industries Cosmetic Ingredients: Hexapeptide-11 (Draft) /
February 20, 2023 Cosmetic Ingredients: Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester (Draft) /
February 21, 2023 China Food and Drug Corporation Quality and Safety Promotion Association Synthetic Peptides from Raw Materials for Cosmetics (Draft) /
February 23, 2023 China International Association for Promotion of Science and Technology Cosmetic Ingredients: Niacinamide February 23, 2023

China NIFDC Consults on Six Technical Guidelines for Cosmetics Testing

On February 23, 2023, China NIFDC released six technical guidelines for public consultation, as listed in the table below. Stakeholders with any comments can mail them to hzppjzx@nifdc.org.cn before March 13, 2023. (Read more)

No. Draft Technical Guidelines
1 Technical Guidelines for In Vitro Mammalian Cells Chromosome Aberration Test
2 Technical Guidelines for In Vitro Mammalian Cell Gene Mutation Test
3 Technical Guidelines for Determination of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of Sunscreen Products
4 Technical Guidelines for Determination of the Waterproof Performance of Sunscreen Products
5 Technical Guidelines for Acute Inhalation Toxicity Test of Cosmetics
6 Acute Inhalation Toxicity – Technical Guidelines for Acute Toxic Class (ATC) Method

China Conducts a New Round of Public Consultation on the Revision of STSC

To better carry out the dynamic adjustment of the Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (STSC), on February 17, 2023, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) announced to solicit public comments on the formulation and revision suggestions of this regulation until March 17, 2023. Local medical products administration and inspection departments, cosmetic associations, cosmetic enterprises, and research institutions are all welcome to submit suggestions, which may cover the revision type, revision aim and applied scope, the current conditions in China and abroad, etc. (Read more)

China General Administration of Customs (GACC): Two Batches of Cosmetics Rejected in January

On February 21, 2023, GACC updated the list of rejected food and cosmetics in January. Two batches of cosmetics respectively imported from the United States and France failed customs inspection. The reasons for rejection were expired products and lack of required qualified documentation.  (Read more)

Taobao Implements the Amended Management Standards for Cosmetics

On February 6, 2023, the amended Taobao Management Standards for Cosmetic Industry (the Standards) officially took effect. Compared to the previous version, the amended Standards newly defines cosmetic samples, stipulate the product description requirements for samples, and clarify the platform entry threshold for sample operators. (Read more)

🇪🇺European Union

EU SCCS Releases the Final Opinion on Alpha-Arbutin and Beta-Arbutin

On February 1, 2023, EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released the final opinion on alpha-arbutin and beta-arbutin. Compared to the previous respective opinions on these two ingredients, SCCS/1552/15 and SCCS/1550/15, the potential combined use of the two ingredients in cosmetics are taken into consideration in the latest opinion. Besides, the hydroquinone contamination requirements for their applications are further clarified. (Read more)

EU SCCS Finalizes Opinion on Aluminium

In May 2022, EU SCCS launched an eight-week public consultation on the preliminary revised opinion on the safety of Aluminium (Al) in cosmetics. After considering the new information received during this period, SCCS set different concentration limits of Al based on product types and released the final opinion on February 2, 2023. (Read more)

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