CFDA calls for public comment on cosmetic ingredient inventory

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CFDA calls for public comment on cosmetic ingredient inventory

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The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has put out a call for public comment regarding its proposed second draft of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in the country.

Known as the IECIC 2014, the second draft of this document contains 8,203 ingredients and has been updated to contain a number of new criteria, and specifications, but also fewer ingredients than the previously drafted document.

The organisation says it wants to get public feedback on the document, which is an updated draft of the first draft that was published at the beginning of the year, by 15th​ June 2014.

The current version draft can be accessed by contacting the CFDA directly, or by referencing the actual document as an English and Chinese version by clicking on this CFDA page​.

First draft and second draft...

The first draft of the inventory specified a total of 8,641 ingredients and excluded a number of banned ingredients, as well as indicating the maximum love of dosing in cosmetics formulations available in China.

The second draft of the inventory excluded a column that indicated the maximum dosing for ingredients already approved in China, while adding a number of newly approved ingredients, as well as the addition of ingredients used as preservatives, for hair dyes and sunscreen agents and colourants.

Additionally, the CFDA has also published a second list of ingredients that will temporarily not be included in the inventory, which includes a total of 3,382 ingredient. This list can also be accessed by clicking the link to the CFDA page above.

Second draft fills in the gaps

The CFDA says that the main reason for publishing the second draft is that many cosmetic ingredients already in use in domestic non-special use cosmetics are not included in the first draft edition.

Further to this, the organisation asked in March of this year that companies nominate cosmetic ingredients that fall into this category for the inventory, but many of these nominations did not include sufficient information to demonstrate their use.

The CFDA says that the criteria should meet a number of basic principles, which includes its proven use in formulations in China, that it contains no errors regarding the nomenclature, no associated safety issues, and that it does not violate national laws.

Once the June 15th​ deadline has been met and the last public comment received, the CFDA says it is planning to release the final IECIC by the end of June.

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