China approves more testing methods for imported and exported cosmetics

By Michelle Yeomans

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China approves more testing methods for imported and exported cosmetics
After looking into inspection standards of imported and exported goods, four industrial bodies set up by the Shan Xi Inspection and Quarantine Bureau have approved bisphenol A and antimony-related testing methods for cosmetics.

It was infact, the decision of China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) to approve two standards of bisphenol A and the testing methods for cosmetics in an effort to fill in the blanks of some of the Bureau's inspection fields.

Cosmetic application

According to a notice by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), an assay method using liquid chromatography and a method that tests the valence of antimony in cosmetics and their ingredients formulated by the Bureau have passed the examination of national industrial standards.  

The above criteria has therefore been said to fill those blanks of cosmetic testing related fields, providing a reliable method for routine inspection and regulatory and law enforcement.

China AQSIQ is a ministerial-level department under the State Council of the People's Republic of China that is in charge of monitoring food and personal care products and ensuring the correct safety precautions are in place, as well as administrative law enforcement.

Other approvals

Earlier in the year, the AQSIQ released the results of its study into hair dyes and cosmetics in the market, confirming that all those surveyed had met national and industrial standards.

The administration had conducted a random supervision on 148 kinds of hair dyes and cosmetics whereby the inspection mainly covered the pH value, limit of hazardous substances including lead, arsenic and mercury, and the content of other substances, such as Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate and Resorcinol.

The Hygienic standard for Cosmetics issued by the Ministry of Health of PRC, American Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and EU cosmetics regulation, compares the different limits of hazardous substances and suggests that cosmetic enterprises comply with the standards and produce cosmetics without harm to the body or the skin.








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