The cosmetics market in China is growing bigger each year. Data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics suggests total retail sales of cosmetics in China in 2019 exceeded RMB 299 billion and a year-on-year growth was almost 13%, which means that retail sales increased by approximately 40 billion over the year.[1] The size and growth of the Chinese cosmetics market has not gone unnoticed by the authorities. There is a significant increase in cosmetic product offerings and competition. To address issues such as product safety and quality, the PRC authorities finally passed new regulations to better regulate the cosmetics industry.
Continue Reading China: Beauty Revolution New Regulations Announced for Cosmetics

China’s government does actively direct industrial policy and the recent Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalogue (2019) (“2019 Industrial Catalogue”) issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (CNDR) which came into force on 1 January 2020 directly affects the cosmetics industry.
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By Huang Jianwen  King & Wood Mallesons’ Investment Group

huang_jianwenThe Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Cosmetics (Draft for Review) (the “Draft for Review”) drafted by China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) was published on 20 July 2015 for public comments. The current regulation governing the supervision and administration of cosmetics in China is referred to as the Regulations Concerning the Supervision of the Hygiene of Cosmetics (the “Current Regulation”). The Draft for Review contains 7 chapters, 79 articles and approximately 13,000 characters compared to the Current Regulation’s 6 chapters, 35 articles and approximately 3,000 characters.

The Current Regulation was promulgated in 1989, and became effective in 1990. It focuses on implementing a supervisory system of government reviews and approvals rather than a purely market-based approach to regulation. The Current Regulation’s supervisory measures may be relatively deficient with respect to striking down regulatory violations.
Continue Reading Highlights of the draft cosmetics supervision regulations