CFDA Seeking Public Opinion Again on the New Guidelines for Cosmetic Classifications

On 17 Jan, 2018, CFDA published the “Guidelines for Cosmetic Classifications (Drafted Version)” and request for public feedbacks of any suggestions on amendments to be sent via email to CFDA’s Department of Cosmetic Registration before 30 Jan, 2018.

Contact No.: 010-88330729

Email: hzpc@sfda.gov.cn

Background

On 15 Mar, 2016, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control published the “Standards for Cosmetic Classifications (Drafted Version)” and seek public opinions on this matter. According to the current cosmetic regulation, cosmetics are mainly divided into non-special use and special use products according to their functions. Based on the principle of risk management, and under the premise of ensuring products’ quality and safety, CFDA’s Department of Cosmetic Registration carried out the study of classification of cosmetics. The classifications are mainly refined and optimized according to the following aspects:

1) Establish the classification principle of cosmetics based on efficacy claiming, application site, form, suitable users and safety risks;


2) Use coding system; and

3) Adopt the mode of open classification table managemen;

Main contents of Guidelines for Cosmetic Classifications (Drafted Version)

Standards for cosmetic classifications: product’s efficacy claim, application site, product form and suitable users

Coding structure:

China,Cosmetic,Classification,Guidelince,New,CFDA

Coding methods: 

  • The codes from 1 to 4 layers are sequenced together with -s in between
  • Each layer is represented by 2 or more digit numbers, with coding from 00 99. For multi efficacy clamming, application sites or varies suitable users, coding can be sequenced in accordance with their degree of risk

         Code for 1st layer (Efficacy claim): 00 - 25

         Code for 2nd layer (Application site): 00 25 (Note: N/A for oral cavity (dental and oral mucosa))

         Code for 3rd layer (form): 00 - 17

         Code for 4th layer (suitable users): 00 - 06


Comparison between Guidelines for Cosmetic Classifications (Drafted Version) and Standards for Cosmetic Classifications (Drafted Version)

Coding Structure

China,Cosmetic,Classification,Guidelince,New,CFDA

Coding method

Classification Guidelines: represented by numbers

Classification Standards: represented by numbers and letters

Efficacy claiming

Classification Guidelines

Classification Standards

Hair Growth

Hair Growth

Hair Dye

Hair Dye

Hair Perm

Hair Perm

Depilation

Depilation

Breast Shaping

Breast Shaping

Body Shaping

Body Shaping

Deodorant

Deodorant

Whitening and Anti-freckle

Whitening and Anti-freckle

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Anti-wrinkle

Anti-wrinkle

Anti-acne

Anti-acne

Oil control

Oil control

Anti-dandruff

Anti-dandruff

Exfoliator

Exfoliator

Talcum Powder

Talcum Powder /bath powder

Cleansing

Cleansing

Make-up Removal

Make-up Removal

Moisturizing

Moisturizing

Nourishing

Nourishing

Repairing

Repairing

Beautify

Beautify

Perfume

Perfume

Hair Styling

Hair Styling

Foundation

 

Pore Cleansing

 

Others

Anti-aging

 Application site

Classification Guidelines

Classification Standards

Hair

Hair

Scalp

Scalp

Skin

Body skin (including facial skin)

Body

Body Skin (excluding facial skin)

Facial (excluding mucosa)

Facial (excluding mucosa)

Eye area

Eye area

Lip

Lip

Nose

 

T-region

 

Back of ear

 

Hair line region

 

Shaving area

Shaving area

Eyebrow

Eyebrow

Eyelash

Eyelash

Facial hair

 

Neck

 

Shoulder

 

Breast

 

Armpit

 

Hand

Hand

Foot

Foot

Finger (toe) nail

Finger (toe) nail

Body Hair (including armpit)

Body Hair (including armpit)

Body Hair (excluding armpit)

Body Hair (excluding armpit)

Hip

Others

            

Oral cavity (dental and oral mucosa)

Oral cavity (dental and oral mucosa)

Form 

Classification Guidelines

Classification Standards

Cream

Cream

Emulsion

Emulsion

Aqua

Aqua

Gel

Gel

Oil

Oil

Powder

Powder

Mud

Mud

Spray

Spray

Aerosol

Aerosol

Filming

Filming

Wax base

Wax base

Organic solvent

Organic solvent

Capsule

Capsule

Multi-phase

 

Blending agent

 

Tablet

 

Wipes

 

Others

 

Suitable users

Classification Guidelines

Classification Standards

General user

 

Pregnant women

Pregnant women or breast feeding women

breast feeding women

 

Children

Children

Men

 

Elderly

Elderly

Others

 

CIRS comments:

1). The classification of cosmetics will be refined from 5 categories of non-special use products and 9 categories of special use products to 26 categories of efficacy claiming, 27 categories of application site, 18 categories of product forms and 7 categories of suitable users with coding.

2). Compared to the first edition of the draft version of “Standards for Cosmetic Classifications”, the second draft version of “Guidelines for Cosmetic Classifications” further optimized and refined the classification of cosmetics in efficacy claiming, application site, product form and suitable users.

3). Compared to the current classification standard of cosmetics in the US, EU, Japan and Korea, this guideline for classification is the most detailed and complex. Due to China’s current cosmetic regulation’s requirement of safety data, supporting documents of efficacy claiming, suitable advertising wording that can be used in different efficacy claiming, exposure site and safety assessment of exposure group might also be taken into consideration. This classification guideline is beneficial to the competent authorities to conduct more targeted and accurate pre-, in- and post-market supervision. However, in combination with the current situation of China's cosmetic industry, the competent authorities, cosmetic manufacturers and cosmetic raw material suppliers will all face huge challenges.

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Source: New Guidelines for Cosmetic Classification (draft for public comments)