Take Notice! Whitening Cosmetic Ingredients in China
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.