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SCRA 2015 Successfully Held in Shanghai

original article from CIRS

Background: Recently, with the rapid development of cosmetics industry globally, Asia-pacific region has become the largest cosmetic market worldwide. Enterprises are now paying particular attention to the cosmetic regulations in Asia-pacific region. Among all the cosmetic markets around the world, Asia is the largest market for beauty personal care material (BPC). It is estimated that the compound annual rate of growth will reach 3% from 2011 to 2016. The expense in beauty products are growing for the upturn of the living standards in Asia. The cosmetic markets in China, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea and other Asia countries are rising sharply.

In 2014, the total retail volume of cosmetics in China reached 182.5 billion Yuan, with the growth rate of 10% compared to that in 2013. Also, it was the first time that the market share of domestic brands is higher than that of foreign brands. During the past ten years, the compound annual growth rate of the scale of cosmetics market in China had reached 10.8%, which made China one of the most fast-growing markets around the world. Significant changes to cosmetic regulations also took place in 2014. Under this circumstance, CIRS decided to hold the SCRA 2015 together with Society of Cosmetic Scientist of Malaysia, aiming to interpret the cosmetics regulations in Asia and the safe management. During this summit, experts in cosmetic industry also analyzed the potential effects to enterprises from the policies and the supervision, timely informing enterprises of the development and management trend of cosmetic regulations in China.

On 10th June 2015, the First Summit on Cosmetic Regulation in Asia-pacific Regions, sponsored by CIRS and co-sponsored by Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Malaysia, was held grandly in Shanghai. The summit was held focusing on the latest requirements of the import and expert of final products and raw materials in China, the latest information concerning cosmetics management in Japan, South Korea and ASEAN, the supervision of online cosmetic market in China, the safety assessment and the efficacy evaluation of cosmetics in China and other topics. During the summit, experts and enterprises also had in-depth communications on international regulations for cosmetics supervision, the trend of management and other aspects.

Officials and experts from CFDA Drug and Cosmetics Supervision Department Cosmetic Supervision Office, Zhejiang Food and Drug Administration Health Food and Cosmetics Supervision Department, Shanghai Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau Food Safety Inspection Department, Beijing Daily Chemicals Research Institute, Japan Cosmetic Industry Association, Amore Pacific Corporation Shanghai Research and Development Center, Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Malaysia, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Environment Department Environmental Toxicology Office, Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital and other places were invited to speak at the meeting. Over 100 representatives from entities such as Shanghai CDC, Hangzhou Food and Drug Administration Health Food and Cosmetics Supervision Department, Australian Trade Commission, the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, the France Consulate in Shanghai, EUCCC, L’Oreal, Shiseido, Axalta, Symrise, Burberry, Kose, Henkel, Clarins, Marykay, Johnson & Johnson, and Ashland attended the summit.

Topics such as the Current situation and trend of the management of cosmetics and raw materials in China in 2015, the market supervision of online cosmetics in China, the safety assessment, current situation and management tendency of raw materials in China, and ways for enterprises to comply with the cosmetic regulations in ASEAN were paid much attention. CIRS also prepared speeches that met the requirements of enterprises and offered enterprises with opportunities to have a face-to-face communication with experts from China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN. The summit was approved by attendees as it offered the latest information during the summit.

The Declaration of Cosmetics New Material is Becoming the Focus.

Xu Liang, Director of Beijing Daily Chemicals Research Institute and Zhang Hongwei, Professor of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Environment Department Environmental Toxicology Office, separately gave speech on the safety assessment, management and development trend of raw materials and the declaration of new materials and frequently asked questions. They mentioned the classification of raw materials and plant materials during their speeches, to which enterprises attach great importance. Enterprises do hope that government can publish regulations on classifications of raw materials as soon as possible. They also expressed that based on the current laws and regulations on cosmetics, toxicological experiment cannot be fully replaced by Alternative Method.

The Combination of “Two Certificates”

In March of this year, CFDA published the Work Guidance to the Cosmetic Manufacturing License (Tentative) and the Check Points of Cosmetic Manufacturing License (Tentative) for public comments. Li Nan, Deputy Director of CFDA Drug and Cosmetics Supervision Department Cosmetic Supervision Office, also introduced that the combination of two certificates of cosmetics was the key emphasis in work for CFDA.

Online Transaction of Cosmetics and the Current Situation and Trend of the Supervision in Free Trade Zone

Chief Xu from Zhejiang Food and Drug Administration introduced the classified management of cosmetics both for normal use and specific use to the attendees. He also said that Zhejiang is trying to introduce the safety consumption and products quality responsibility insurance and talked about plans to improve the supervision of online cosmetics. In view of the supervision of cosmetics in Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Chief Sun from Shanghai Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau Food Safety Supervision Department expressed that Shanghai is trying to implement some cosmetics management systems that may accelerate the release of cosmetics

Management Information from Japan, South Korea and ASEAN

Mr. Yamamoto Junji, Director of Japan Cosmetics Industry Association, mainly introduced the revisions to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law of Japan. He also introduced that record requirements for cosmetics and quasi-drug are different in Japan, and that GMP system is implemented in the manufacturing of cosmetics and GVP and GQP system are implemented during the sales of cosmetics.

Mr. Jaeho Yeon, President of Amorepacific Shanghai R&D Center, talked about the latest news on the management of cosmetics in South Korea. He said that the cosmetics in South Korea can be classified as normal cosmetics, functional cosmetics and quasi-drug and is managed according to their classifications. Meanwhile, he also gave details about the manufacturing and selling system introduced after amending the cosmetic regulations, changes to the raw material management system, modifications to the labeling regulations and the advertising labeling system.

Mr. Teh Chee Kheng, president of Society of Cosmetics Scientists of Malaysia particularly introduced the contents of the cosmetic regulations of ASEAN, the differences and similarities of the requirements of the declarations of cosmetics in different ASEAN member countries and the products information documents.

Safety Assessment and Efficacy Evaluation of Cosmetics

Currently, cosmetic safety assessments in China still required data from traditional animal experiments. Xiao Ping from Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention introduced the Alternative Method both at home and abroad as well as the progress in the skin sensitization alternative method to attendees.

Last year, CFDA issued Measures for Cosmetic Supervision (draft for public comments) and Measures for Cosmetic Labeling Management (draft for public comments), giving requirements to the verification of cosmetic efficacy. During the seminar, Tan Yimei, a professor from Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital also talked about the trend of efficacy evaluation.

Although this seminar is well supported and approved by the government, it is just a beginning. CIRS will continue to keep an eye on the modifications made to the cosmetics regulations in Asia and the safety management. Governments, associations and enterprises will together discuss the current supervisory system and future development of cosmetics regulations. SCRA, being a platform for enterprises and governments communicating cosmetics regulations, aims to realize the safety of cosmetics and sustainable development in Asia-pacific regions and offer valuable information.


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