CIRS summit to address 'series of tremendous changes' in regulations

By Michelle Yeomans

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CIRS summit to address 'series of tremendous changes' in regulations

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Asia has become one of the biggest cosmetic markets in recent years, among which, China is the most prominent. In an effort to help the industry get to grips with supervisory policies, CIRS is hosting the region's 'first' regulations summit. 

Keeping up with regulations is a major point of focus for many global corporations and China's Chemical Inspection & Regulation service says this summit in Shanghai on June 10th is going to provide a 'full understanding' of supervisory policies.

According to April Guo, head of cosmetics regulatory affairs, Chinese regulations have experienced a "series of tremendous changes since 2014".

"Therefore, we have invited officials from relevant Chinese government authorities to give a comprehensive analysis on cosmetic supervisory policies and their influence on enterprises, so that domestic and overseas corporations will have a deeper understandin​g," Guo tells

Experts from Japan, Korea and Malaysia have also been invited by the CIRS appointed committee to interpret the current status of cosmetic management and help the industry on the latest regulatory updates and administrative information in these areas.

On the agenda



Western brands striving to keep up with changes in requirements

Regulatory expert Dr Tommy Kong at REACH24H Consulting Group recently spoke about the challenges of entering the China market for international companies with Cosmetics Design.

A noteworthy area, he told this publication, is the added regulatory requirements on imported cosmetics.

For finished product manufactures who intend to export cosmetics into China, Kong says the notification prior to market activities is still required, however, the related required information for notification and review process will be treated the same as that for made-in-China products, which means the whole process will be simplified.

“Regarding the raw material suppliers, the new cosmetic ingredient registration still remains in the revised regulatory proposal, but the review principles will be now be risk-based, which means some functional ingredients for emulsifying or viscosity adjustment will be much easier to go through the registration,”​ he says.

Kong adds that for imported cosmetics, pre-market application is still required under the current regulatory scheme, and the new cosmetic ingredient registration process is still challenging for raw material suppliers.

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