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New regulation for cosmetic ingredients in China comes into force on 1 May 2021

The NMPA has issued a new regulation for cosmetics regarding "ingredient record numbers" and "ingredient safety information documents"

A new regulation on Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Filing Dossiers is issued by the Chinese competent authority National Medical Products Administration (NMPA Announcement [2021] No. 32).



Among other registration changes, one outstanding requirement is to include the “ingredient record numbers” or “ingredient safety information documents" in the application dossiers for cosmetic products (including the dossiers for new registration, and change of registration).

Manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients will have the responsibility to provide the “ingredient record numbers”. To do this, the manufacturers shall submit the “safety information documents” to the NMPA cosmetics registration platform to obtain the “ingredient record numbers”, so that the registrants of cosmetic products can use the numbers for registrations from 1 May 2021. In case the numbers are not yet generated, the manufacturers can provide “safety information documents” directly to their clients, so that the registrants can submit the documents together with their dossiers. The “safety information documents” must contain the production processes, quality control information (product specification/standards), conclusion of safety assessment, limits of risky substances, etc. For more details please visit the NMPA website.

This regulation will be implemented on 1 May 2021 and applies to all cosmetic ingredients, regardless of whether they are being included in the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC) or not. Overseas ingredient manufacturers can submit by themselves or via a Chinese agent.

As a third party service provider, our team at knoell Shanghai can act as your local agent for submitting your “safety information documents” in Chinese on the Chinese NMPA platform, maintaining your platform account, as well as keeping the confidentiality for your documents.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with these or any other matters.

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Dr Minetta Wunderskirchner
Dr Minetta Wunderskirchner
Global Cosmetics Programme