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China Cosmetic Product Registration


Regulatory Authority

  • National Medical Products Administration (NMPA)

Link for Regulatory Authority

Local Regulation

  • Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR)

Who can Register?

  • Registrants or notifiers based overseas can authorize a Chinese entity as their Chinese Responsible Person (CRP). The CRP is responsible for the quality, safety and efficacy of cosmetic products.

Data to be Communicated 

  • “Cosmetics Registration and Filing Information Form” and related materials
  • Product name information
  • Product formula
  • Standards for product implementation
  • Product label sample draft
  • Product inspection report
  • Product safety assessment materials

Process to Register Cosmetic Product

Registration of special cosmetics

  • All special cosmetics must be registered with the NMPA.
  • After passing NMPA’s format and technical reviews, an approval licence will be provided.
  • The registration permit is valid for five years.
  • Soaps that have a special cosmetics function are subject to special cosmetics management.

Filling of Ordinary cosmetics 

  • In most cases, an electronic filing certificate will be granted after the NMPA or provincial MPA has completed an official assessment of the filed dossiers.

Timeframe and Fees

In China, medical device registration is now valid for five years.

If a manufacturer wants to renew a device’s registration, they must submit a renewal application to the same department that received the original registration submission six months before the expiration date.

Additional Information

The name of the registrant, the filing person, or the manufacturer, the name of the product, the name of the institution that issued the document, and the date of issuance of the document must all be stated on the marketed sales certification documents, which the institution’s signature and seal must confirm.

  • If there are both imported parts and domestic parts of the combined packaging product, only the sales certification documents of the imported part shall be submitted.
  • If a sales package is designed specifically for the Chinese market, the product must be submitted in the country where the cosmetics registrant and recorder are located or the country of production (region), and the product formula, production process and cosmetics registrant and record shall be submitted at the same time Consistent description materials for products.
  • In the country where the person is located or the country (region) of production.

    Animal Testing:

    The CSAR does not offer any clarification regarding the compulsory animal testing requirements in China. As per the earlier released draft Administration Measures for Filing of Non-Special Use Cosmetics, both domestically produced and imported general cosmetics in China will no longer require mandatory animal testing. Instead, safety assessments will be permitted as alternatives to animal testing, albeit with some limitations.

Safety Assessment and Quality Control:

The updated regulations now incorporate a set of detailed specifications concerning quality control and safety assessment for cosmetics.

  • Cosmetic manufacturers, filing persons, and registrants are mandated to designate a responsible individual.
  • This appointed individual must possess industry-specific expertise with at least five years of relevant professional experience, ensuring compliance with safety and quality standards for cosmetics.
  • This marks a substantial departure from previous regulations, which merely outlined general prerequisites, such as the necessity for hygiene quality checks prior to product release.