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New Guidelines Set to Standardise Supervision and Spot Tests in Cosmetics Sector

The supervision of the cosmetic sector, particularly with regard to the imposition of random spot checks, is to be standardised across the country. The new regulations were outlined by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) in its recently published Working Rules for the Supervision and Random Spot Tests of Cosmetics.

 Overall, this new supervision and inspection regime will focus on five particular areas:

  • The on-site checking of the qualifications and quality control of cosmetics sampling units
  • Verifying the validity of the cosmetics production licences, approval documents (record filing certificates) and business licences of the relevant production enterprises, while also checking that all such documentation is in accordance with the actual  products being sold
  • Checking as to whether product labelling and logoes comply with the content of the approval documents (record filing certificates) and whether any illegal markings / advertisement are also featured
  • Conducting random spot tests on cosmetics deemed to potentially contravene quality or safety requirements

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

Circular on Working Rules for the Supervision and Random Spot Tests of Cosmetics (Shi Yao Jian Ban Yao Hua Jian No. 103 [2017])

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