China has tightened regulation of cosmeceuticals

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Chinese control over the food and drug administration (CFDA) has shed light on the state policy in the field of cosmetic marketing in the country, namely in relation to “health” cosmetics or cosmeceuticals which is the fastest growing segment for the Chinese consumers.

The current rules were published in the form of a collection of answers to frequently asked questions about cosmetic supervision and management by the National authority of medical products. The result of this policy, marketers and developers may need to prove that their products contain only authorized ingredients, or to discontinue the sale of cosmetic products containing components or illegitimate offer “questionable” from the point of view of regulators, the effect.

Global standard of regulation of cosmetic products is to separate medical from cosmetic products. The position of the Chinese authorities is the ban to include products registered as cosmetics, terms like “therapeutic cosmetic” or “medical devices for skin care”.

This position is based on articles 12 and 14 of the present Provisions on the supervision of cosmetics hygiene in China. Since the launch of the new rules, platforms, e-Commerce and beauty brands China was excluded from the sales of products containing in the description the mention of medical properties.

For example, epidermal growth factor (EGF) and marketing statements regarding his presence in cosmetics is also banned in China. It should be noted that EGF, he is human Oligopeptide-1, Oligopeptide-1 are two different substances. EFG accelerates the growth of skin and banned in Chinese cosmetics, whereas the Oligopeptide-1 can be used as a conditioner for the skin and it is included in the Chinese inventory of existing cosmetic ingredients.

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Ingredients such as stabilizers, preservatives, antioxidants and other substances that are added directly to the raw material, may not be specified on the product label; these should be reported in the formulations of the product, but they are not included in the category of cosmetic ingredients. According to reports ChemLinked, due to the fact that such ingredients are easily decomposed, which makes it impossible to detect them when testing samples.

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