China cosmetics regulation: How is it changing in 2020 and beyond?

Published: 20-Jan-2020

On 3 January 2020 the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation was approved in China. But what does this mean for cosmetics and personal care brands?

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Dr James Wakefield

Dr James Wakefield

The regulatory landscape in China is shifting. With the draft Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation now formally approved, changes to cosmetics regulation that have been in the pipeline for years are due to be enforced.

Here, Dr James Wakefield, Director APAC at safety and regulation solution company Delphic, explains what these changes involve and how cosmetics and personal care brands are affected.

"Changes are imminent in the cosmetic regulatory landscape in China.

Since the publication in December 2018 of the draft Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) there has been anticipation of significant changes to the way cosmetics are regulated in China. The draft regulation was formally approved by the China State Council on 3 January 2020.

The most fundamental change is that

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