IBR confirms it is up to date with China FDA IECIC

By Michelle Yeomans

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IBR confirms it is up to date with China FDA IECIC

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Following China’s FDA publishing a final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China, natural active supplier IBR has announced all of its ingredients are now fully compliant.

Until the release of this final version, most of the company’s actives were listed with the preceding versions of Inventory under the SFDA, but with the current version all are now included.

Two more IBR products have also been verified, listed and can be used as raw materials in compositions for natural and organic cosmetic.

"This latest, very welcomed change in the regulation, beautifully supplements the global regulatory approval of the full list of our actives​," say company reps.  

IBR performs its research and development activities at its own research laboratories and markets its cosmetics ingredient products through a network of locally appointed distributors and representatives. 

"Our team is ready to provide full support with regulatory aspects of the IBR ingredients like REACh, safety, toxicology and more,​" reps add.

Industry advised to check final version to make sure products can be sold in China

IECIC 2014 list includes some 8783 ingredients.

Following the announcement of the update, the 'Chemical Inspection & Regulation Service' encourages the cosmetics industry to check the inventory immediately to make sure your products can be legally used in China.

The English version of this list of ingredients can be downloaded here​.

The first draft of IECIC was issued on 24 January, followed by the second in May where the China Food and Drug Administration invited public comments on a list of 8203 ingredients.

Today's final version features the following documents as main references: 

  • IECIC 2003;
  • 3 draft versions of IECIC 2012;
  • Hygienic Standard for Cosmetics (2007)
  • Approved new cosmetic ingredients;
  • Ingredients used in approved domestic non special use cosmetics.

Previously, cosmetic ingredients were granted presence on the market providing that they have already been used in China and the safety of those ingredients have been assessed. 

The criteria for determining if a cosmetic ingredient is new would be simplified when the final version of IECIC (2014) is available. The comparison between old and new criteria can be found in the table below:

Old criteria

New criteria/ changes


  • IECIC 2003/2012;
  • Whether the ingredients have been used in registered special-use cosmetics and the use level is lower than the approval level;
  • Whether the ingredients are subject to the part of full plant which can be used in cosmetics;



  • Final version of IECIC (2014)
  • Deleted the column Maximum Level of Use in Products Already Approved
  • Addition of approved new cosmetic ingredients;
  • Addition of ingredients used as preservatives, hair dyes, sun-screening agents and colorants

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