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Stricter cosmetics standards proposed by China's Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) will challenge both domestic manufacturers and foreign importers.

The second draft of China’s updated cosmetics safety standard, renamed the Complete Technical Safety Standard for Cosmetics, proposes stricter requirements and additional banned ingredients for domestic manufacturers, says consultancy CIRS.

If implemented, the standard would ban a further 100 ingredients and classify oral care products, including toothpaste, as cosmetics requiring pre-market approval. CIRS says the changes will bring the standard closer in line with the EU cosmetics Regulation.

The consultancy adds that the standard may come into effect at the end of this, or next, year.

Meanwhile, proposed changes to the Regulation on the Management of New Cosmetic Ingredient Registration would restrict users of ingredients to those listed in an announcement, issued after a substance is published in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients.

A re-evaluation system would also be introduced, which would require a four-year trial of the approved new cosmetic ingredient before inclusion on the existing chemicals list. New systems for ingredient tracing and safety risk information gathering would also be established.

The stricter requirements will be unwelcome to foreign companies, which have struggled under increasingly stringent regulations to gain approval for new cosmetic ingredients in China. CIRS notes that, since 2004, only ten new substances have been approved.

Charlotte Niemiec

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