Date: Aug 14, 2020
In the draft cosmetic regulation that was published in 2015 for consultation,[vii] "cosmetics" is defined in a way that covers oral care products in general. Under the finalized Regulation, however, toothpaste no longer clearly fits the definition of cosmetics. For the first time, the Regulation directs reference to general cosmetics in terms of toothpaste management, meaning, toothpaste will likely be subject in the future to a notification mechanism. The Regulation also states that detailed management measures of toothpaste will be drafted by relevant authorities [viii].
For imported cosmetics bearing Chinese stickers, the Regulation requires consistency between information on the sticker and information on the original label [ix]. It is not yet clear what level of consistency will be required in practice.