Approved by the State Council in 1989, the Ministry of Health issued Order No. 3 of the “Regulations on Hygiene Supervision of Cosmetics” (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulations”), which came into effect on January 1, 1990. The “Regulations” is divided into six chapters, which stipulate the definition of cosmetics, and the production and operation hygiene supervision and licensing system. In 2008, the State Council’s institutional reform, the responsibility of cosmetic hygiene supervision and management was transferred from the Ministry of Health to the National Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), and from August 29, 2018, the CFDA was officially changed to the National Drug Administration (NMPA).
According to the requirements of the “Announcement Concerning the Implementation of the Administration of Imported Non-special Use Cosmetics on a Nationwide Scale” (No. 88 of 2018) issued by the National Medical Products Administration, starting from November 10, 2018, the first import of non-special use cosmetics The current examination and approval management and the trial implementation of filing management in the pilot free trade zone will be adjusted to unified nationwide filing management. The State Drug Administration will no longer accept applications for administrative licenses for importing non-special use cosmetics. Overseas cosmetics manufacturers should entrust the domestic responsible person ( RP ) to complete the relevant procedures before importing non-special cosmetics. The registered place of the domestic responsible person is in, Liaoning, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Shaanxi, and other provinces (municipalities) that have carried out pilot free trade zone pilot zones in the early stage to implement the record management of imported non-special use cosmetics If it is within the administrative area, it shall file with the provincial Food and Drug Administration of the place where it is located. If the registration place of the domestic responsible person is within the administrative area of other provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities), the registration shall be filed with the State Drug Administration. Products that have been filed and are intended to be imported at ports outside the administrative region of the province (city, district) where the responsible person in the country is located must be added to the port of import and consignee through the filing system before importing.
Special cosmetics will continue to implement the examination and approval system, and they can entrust the reporting unit ( RA ) in China (for overseas companies) to submit to the National Medical Products Administration for administrative license review. After expert review, they can obtain administrative license approval for imported special-purpose cosmetics. Domestic non-special use cosmetics can be put on the market after being put on record by the Provincial Drug Administration Department.
Administrative license approval or filing certificate is an important review basis for product import and marketing, and cosmetics registration/ filing is an indispensable step before its successful sale.