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CFDA: Strict Regulations for the Producers of Sunscreen Products

17. August 2016

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) published an announcement that they will proceed more rigorous against producers of sunscreen products, if their products are not produced according to the Chinese regulations.

This announcement was published after an investigation of several sunscreen producers. The investigation showed that some producers use higher amounts of certain substances than allowed. The substances of concern are mainly Ethylhexyl Salicylate and 4-METHYLBENZYLIDENE CAMPHOR. These substances are used as sun protection and UV filter. The maximum allowed concentration of the substances in China is 4% and 5%, respectively.

Companies using a higher amount of these ingredients, are not allowed to sell their products anymore with immediate effect. Moreover, the violation must be reported to the “County Level Food and Drug Regulatory Authorities”.

Especially in Beijing, Liaoning, Chongping, Yunnan and other provinces, the CFDA will increase the amount of investigations. Therefore, producers of sunscreen should pay attention that their products and the ingredients used are in accordance to the regulations. If there are products which are not produced according to the regulation and which already circulate on the market, the products must be immediately recalled from the market and the violation must be reported to the authorities.

The regulations regarding cosmetic products are very strict and violations can lead to severe penalties. In order to be constantly well informed about the regulations, and avoid complications, it is recommendable to work together with a consultant, when applying for CFDA registration. This can also prevent many problems and delays in the CFDA registration process.

You can find further information about our services for CFDA registration on our website.

It is expected that there will be more announcements, revisions and changes to the CFDA regulations in the near future. You will find updated information in our news section on our website, where we will keep you informed regarding official announcements.


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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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