China SFDA labelling guidelines to come into effect in July

By Michelle Yeomans

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China SFDA labelling guidelines to come into effect in July
China’s SFDA has notified the world trade organization that there are two new regulations for cosmetic labeling and product instruction, which are to come into place in the region on the 1st of July 2013.

Regulation guidelines for labeling cosmetics in China has already been put forward for public comment twice to date, the move is said to be the Administration's effort to regulate how cosmetics labels are managed and to ensure the consumer's right to know what goes into a product.

Despite there now being three versions currently available, CIRS regulatory affairs specialist April Guo says that this final regulation notes slight differences from the previous editions.

The main changes can be viewed here and outline that the new regulations adhere to cosmetics with volume below than or equal to 15g or 15ml as well as cosmetic samples.

Label changes

In March of last year the China Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ) announced that cosmetic companies were no longer required to obtain a CIQ label for imported cosmetics, providing those products have passed the bureau’s inspections unit. 

The older version required imported cosmetics to pass the inspection of the AQSIQ while also being affixed with a CIQ label as without it the product was not allowed onto the Chinese market.

Then, Guo had told CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com; "It is easy to buy fake CIQ labels and put them on imported cosmetics, the goal of using CIQ labels to protect consumers can easily be undermined​."

SFDA on top of regulation standards..

The State Food and Drug Administration has been kept busy in recent months updating many of its regulations in a bid to simplify procedures for cosmetics producers and consumers alike in China.

Throughout 2012 it updated a range of areas from technical safety standards, issued guidance for children's cosmetics, and published three batches of cosmetics ingredients.

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