According to the World Tourism Organisation UNWTO, China ranked the world’s top tourism spending in 2017 with US$ 258 billion, followed by the United States who spent US$ 135 billion travelling and Germany US$ 84 billion.
Cosmetics belong to the top three product categories that Chinese buy when they are abroad.
Cosmetic regulations in China
The Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 is the main cosmetic regulation in China. It lists prohibited, restricted and permitted ingredients as well as physical and chemical evaluation methods and testing methods for cosmetics inspection. Product registration is the prerequisite for the official entry into the Chinese cosmetics market. Animal testing for cosmetics that were produced in China and for non-specific cosmetics such as normal skin care, hair care and color cosmetics, nail care, and parfum, has been banned since 2014. Imported cosmetics from abroad, however, still require animal tests.
A number of new important regulations and guidelines about cosmetics were implemented in 2018. To name a few:
A filing management process for first imported non-specific cosmetics through 11 Pilot Free Trade Zones (PFTZ) is now available from 8 March 2018 to 21 December 2018. It is designed to shorten the procedure for imports.
China‘s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) officially announced that the administrative approval of first-imported non-special use cosmetics has been replaced entirely by filing management nationwide since 10th Nov. 2018.
China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is merged with the other two authorities of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) and State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC). National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) under State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) is now responsible for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.