As of September 10, the National Medical Products Administration in China requires additional testing for beauty products containing sunscreen agents.
The new rules call for manufacturers to test for skin phototoxicity & sensitisation in any newly registered cosmetics containing chemical UV filters.
Supplementary testing reports will need to be submitted upon licence renewal for already tested products. Third-party testing facilities in China can conduct the tests & an online system for companies to apply for these services is available from November 1.
Companies will be required to test for skin phototoxicity and sensitisation – in addition to the currently required toxicological tests – on all ‘general’ or ‘non-special use’ cosmetics containing chemical sunscreen agents in volumes of ≥0.5% by weight.