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„Strict Requirements“ – labeling, claims and packaging of cosmetics in China

An article on labelling, claims and packaging was published in issue 4/2022 cossma.



According to the “Classification Rules and Catalogue of Cosmetics” published in April 2021, there are total 26 categories of cosmetic claims plus new efficacy A. The 26 categories include hair dyeing, perm, whitening, sun protection, anti-hair loss, anti-acne, nourishing, repairing, cleansing, makeup remover, moisturizing, beauty and grooming, fragrance, deodorization, anti-wrinkle, lifting, soothing, reduce sebum secretion, exfoliation, body refreshing, hair care, anti-hair breakage, anti-dandruff, hair colour treatment, depilation and shaving aids.

The “Standard for Cosmetic Efficacy Claim Evaluation” defines 20 efficacy claims with relevant efficacy evaluation methods. The efficacy claims of cosmetics should be based on adequate scientific evidences which include scientific literature, research data or the evaluation tests of cosmetic efficacy claims. Acceptable evaluation tests include: human efficacy evaluation test, customer using test and tests in lab.

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„Partial Animal testing ban in China“

published in cossma, the professinal beauty magazine, edition 6/2021

Animal testing for “no special-use cosmetics” (now called “general-use cosmetics”) made in China has been banned since 2014. Imported cosmetics without product registration, i.e. with no animal testing, are allowed to be sold on cross-border ecommerce platforms, however not at physical shops for general trading.

NMPA (National Medical Products Administration) published the “Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers” on 4th March 2021. In paragraph 33, it is clearly defined under which preconditions a toxicological testing for general-use cosmetics are not demanded any more. The measures took effect from 1st May 2021.

Toxicological testing, which is always linked with animal testing in China, can be banned if the manufacturer can guarantee the product safety via: 

  1. The manufacturer owns an official production qualification management certificate such as GMP or ISO issued by competent authority in the country of origin.
  2. Safety assessment of cosmetic product can confirm the safety of product.

However, there are three exceptions, and they are:”

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published in COSSMA, the professional health and beauty magazine, issue 7-8/2020

“While the physical market in China suffered severely due to the lockdown at the beginning of the year, ecommerce in the cosmetics sector was able to record clear and stable growth. Rongmei Hui-Drobnik reports on the current developments.

The retail sales value of Chinese cosmetic market reached € 39.90 billion in 2019, and the growth rate was approximately 14.23%. Sales value of physical shops has reduced sharply since January 2020 because of lock-down in China, on the contrary, sales value on the internet has increased. The best case is L’Oréal…“

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„Focus on beauty in Taiwan“

published in COSSMA, the professional health and beauty magazine, on 15 May 2019

Taiwan is an island located in East Asia. It has become one of Asia’s big traders and is one of the world’s top producers of computer technology. The retail sales value of medicine and cosmetics amounted to € 5.69 billion in 2017 with a growth rate of 3%. Retail sales value of cosmetics amounted to € 2.67 billion in 2016 and amounted to approximately 47% of the total value.

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„Products for Hong Kong beauties“

published in COSSMA, the professional health and beauty magazine on 24 April 2019

“Hong Kong is located in the south of China and is directly connected to mainland China. Hong Kong which was a British colony until 1997, is an important banking and financial centre in the Asia Pacific. It is also one of the cities with the highest cost of living in the world. Hong Kong became a special administrative region of China in 1997 and enjoys a high degree of autonomy. The living space per person is approximately 13 m2.“

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„Products for Chinese beauties“

published on the professional cosmetic journal cossma on 12 March 2019.

According to the World Tourism Organisation UNWTO, China ranked the world’s top tourism spending in 2017 with US$ 258 billion, followed by the United States who spent US$ 135 billion travelling and Germany US$ 84 billion. 

Cosmetics belong to the top three product categories that Chinese buy when they are abroad.

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In order to boost the knowledge that Chinese customers have about natural cosmetics, Rongmei Hui-Drobnik publishes professional articles about natural cosmetics through her WeChat public account and Sina microblog.

WeChat Public Account: Naturcosmetic_2017