On November 30, 2021, a notice from China NMPA implied that products containing SymWhite 377 (a whitening cosmetic ingredient) must be registered as special cosmetics. Many products containing SymWhite 377, which used to be notified as general cosmetics rather than registered as special cosmetics, were removed from shelves later. This notice suggests that regulatory authorities' supervision of whitening ingredients and whitening products is becoming stricter and more standardized, so many industry practitioners also consider that there will be further inspection on other whitening ingredients.
On November 30, 2021, China NMPA issued a notice, announcing that the addition of whitening ingredient SymWhite 377 in general cosmetics is suspected of violating the relevant provisions in the Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation(CSAR) and Administrative Measures on Cosmetics Registration and Notification and will be investigated and dealt with by the provincial medical products administrations. All provincial medical products administration shall report the investigation and handling progress of the general cosmetics added with SymWhite 377 to NMPA by December 20 this year. This announcement sent shockwaves across the whole cosmetic industry and sound an alarm over the whitening beauty products in the market.
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