16 Feb 2021

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to support companies in understanding and preparing for the main amendments in the draft Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients (IECIC) and Prohibited Cosmetics Ingredients list before they become final. On 26 January 2021, China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) released the draft of the new IECIC and the prohibited cosmetic ingredients list for public comments, which must be accepted by 18 February 2021.

Key Updates


  • Total number of existing cosmetic ingredients in China will increase from 8,783 to 8,980
  • Restricted ingredients, preservatives, sunscreen agents, colorants, and hair dyes were added
  • Ingredients’ highest historical use concentration (registered and approved special use cosmetics and imported non-special use cosmetics) were included

Prohibited Cosmetic Ingredients List

  • 17 new cosmetic ingredients were included in the draft inventory (i.e., Phenacetin, Paraformaldehyde, Cyclohexylamine, Imidazole, etc.)
  • 13 existing ingredients were adjusted to include their CAS No.

To ensure successful market entry in China, cosmetic businesses should be aware of, and prepared for, the cosmetic ingredient updates to ensure their cosmetic product formulas are compliant and safe for consumer use.

Intertek Solutions

In addition to helping companies understand and comply with regulations around the world, Intertek provides a comprehensive range of services for beauty and personal care products to ensure quality, safety, and efficacy.

Our services include:

  • Toxicological Safety Assessments
  • Toxicological Profiles of Ingredients
  • Registration & Notification of New Cosmetic Ingredients
  • Registration & Notification of Domestic/Imported Cosmetic Products
  • Labelling Reviews
  • Literature Review & Data Collection
  • Regulatory Dossiers
  • Microbiology & Stability Testing
  • Cosmetic Packaging Analysis
  • Causality Assessment
  • Compliance Solutions
  • Regulatory Support
  • Sustainability Solutions

Our team of experts are available to address the regulatory and compliance needs of the cosmetics, home, and personal care industry.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help.

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Rainbow Zhang,
Senior Manager, China
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