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.