On 2nd Sep. 2022, National Institutes for Food and Drug Control of China (NIFDC) published a notification calling for public and indutry opinions on draft new China Cosmetic Safety and Techinical Standards (CSTS) which was made in 2022.
The current CSTS was in force since 2015. In 2021, the new Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CASR) was published. To keep cosmetic standards in line with the latest regulation requirements and the overarching aim of cosmetic regulation, CSTS (2015 version) was modified. The main modifications are the followings:
List of limited cosmetic raw ingredients
Based on the list of forbidden cosmetic raw ingredient, the definition of certain terms in list of limited ingredient and scope of list of limited ingredients have been modified in accordance with CSAR (2021).
List of allowed raw ingredients
Adding Lauroyl arginine ethyl ester hydrochloride as allowed ingredients and deleting Mercury-containing preservatives from this list.
12 new test methods have been added, among which eight of them are toxicological tests and four of them are physical chemical tests. In addition, there 15 physical chemical tests have been modified and two toxicological tests have been modified.
State Administration for Market Regulation of China (SAMR) and National Standardization Administration of China (NSA) issued the final version of national skin disinfection standard – General Requirements for Skin Disinfectant GB 27951-2021. This standard will enter into force from 1st November 2022. After entering into force, it will replace the previous standard of GB 27951-2011 Hygiene requirements for skin disinfectants and will be under the supervision of National Health Commission of China (NHC).
The main change in this new standard is that it sets new limits on heavy metals used in the disinfection.
10mg per litre (L) or kilogram (kg) for lead;
1mg/L or kg for mercury; and
2mg/L or kg for arsenic.
In addition, it also specified several terms definitions, such as skin conditions, revised testing requirements for microbials, toxins and heavy metals in finished products, active ingredients etc. It will be clearer for companies to understand new toxicological testing requirements and limitations for heavy metals.
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