The Chinese cosmetics market is one of the fastest growing and largest cosmetics markets in the world. This market must be protected, controlled and managed. This is done in China through the 2020 Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations. On 1 January 2021 the CSAR (Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation) came into force and replaces the existing Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision Regulations. It aims to ensure the quality and safety of cosmetics by improving supervision and management and controlling the manufacture and operation of cosmetics to protect the health of consumers.

Registration of Cosmetics

Under the CSAR, China introduced an ingredient management system for new cosmetic ingredients (INCIs). INCIs that are not listed in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC) must go through a registration or notification process before being used in cosmetics. The National Medical Products Administration, or NMPA, is a Chinese administrative agency that handles the registration, compliance and standards management of medicines, medical devices and cosmetics for the Chinese market.

In order to submit a notification dossier, the form “Ingredient Quality and Safety Related Information” in Annex XIV is required and must be submitted within three years of the use of the notified INCI.

The Annex XIV form contains the raw material name and basic information, a brief description of the ingredient’s manufacturing processes, the necessary quality control requirements, etc. Once this form has been submitted by a company (e.g. Cosphatec) via the NMPA’s ingredient safety information platform, the ingredient submission code is automatically generated and communicated to customers.

Once the INCI notification is completed, a three-year monitoring period begins. INCIs that do not show any safety issues within this period will be included in the IECIC.

Registration almost complete

Currently, as Cosphatec, we are listing all raw materials that are classified as low-risk ingredients and only need to be registered with the NMPA. We expect the submissions to be completed in the next few weeks.

No animal testing will be conducted or commissioned by Cosphatec for NMPA registration.

If you have any questions about the status of our registrations, please do not hesitate to contact us.