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China Amends New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration Management Rules

February 25, 2014

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has published an amendment for new cosmetic ingredient registration management rules, where major changes include a four-year protection period for new cosmetic ingredient registrants and additional post-registration obligations.

During the four-year protection period, companies that have registered a new cosmetic ingredient and have obtained a "new cosmetic ingredient trial use certificate" (valid for four years) are allowed to produce, sell or use it. After the four-year protection, the CFDA will re-evaluate the safety of the ingredient.

The new rule will also require additional post-registration obligations to be fulfilled by the registrant including establishing a traceability system, monitoring risk information on new cosmetic ingredients, and reporting the information on production, circulation, use and safety-related information to food and drug authorities.

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