On January 22, 2021, the NIFDC (China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control) released an amendment draft for the prohibited list of cosmetic ingredients in China. The new prohibited list (draft) aims to increase its adaptability to the evolving needs of market surveillance of cosmetics products in China.
The NIFDC proposed several work items to update the prohibited list including, but not limited to the following:
- Banning 17 new raw materials for use in cosmetics
- Revising the product information of 13 existing raw materials
- Revising the naming requirements of 27 prohibited plant (animal) raw materials
On January 26, 2021, the NIFDC released an amendment draft of the IECIC (Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China) list. The initial version was published in 2014, and last updated in 2015, covering a total of 8,783 existing raw materials in the list.
The revision of the IECIC helps to ensure the safety use of cosmetics whilst the updated database of raw materials will be referred for risk assessment on the product safety of cosmetics.
- The IECIC list (draft) added newly approved raw materials: camel hump oil, samara oil, elaeagnus mollis diel, glabridin, ethyl lauroyl arginate HCL, methoxy PEG-23 methacrylate/glyceryl diisostearate methacrylate copolymer, phosphorus acyl oligosaccharide calcium and steareth-200.
- Raw materials that are listed as preservatives, sunscreens, colorants, hair dyes, and restricted components in the IECIC draft should comply with the safety and technical standards for cosmetics (2015 edition).
- A large number of orchid extracts and algae extracts have been added to the IECIC list (draft)
Once implemented, the total number of existing cosmetic ingredients covered in the IECIC will be increased from 8,783 to 8,980.
By Jacky Li. Contact Cisema if you would like to learn more.