Cosmetic product in China is defined as “a kind of daily-used chemical product intended to be applied on the surface of human body (skin, hair, nails, lips, etc.) by rubbing, spraying or otherwise similar ways for the purpose of cleansing, protecting, beautifying and altering the appearance”.
The pillar cosmetic regulation in China now is called Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR 2020), which was officially released in June 2020. What’s more, CSAR’s relevant practices for cosmetic registration and filing will take into effect officially from May 2021 on (the announcement was released by NMPA just at the very beginning of January). And more detailed rules drafts are under public consultation, like guidance for cosmetic efficacy evaluation, administrative measures for cosmetic labeling, etc. Various subsidiary rules, standards and guidance documents together with the pillar regulation has formed a complex regulation system for cosmetic management in China.