China is the world’s second-largest cosmetics consumer market, enjoying impressive double-digit growth rates for the last decade. Current demand is primarily driven by premium skin care products within natural herb based products, colour correcting cosmetics as well as male-targeted products. The Chinese cosmetic and skincare market is expected to continue to grow at 11 and 7 per cent per year respectively during the next 5 years.
Foreign cosmetics and skincare products are required to obtain a CFDA registration before selling on the Chinese market. From 1, January 2018, products sold through Cross-Border E-Commerce will also need to register their cosmetics and skincare products with CFDA. The CFDA product certification procedure for cosmetics & skincare is straightforward albeit bureaucratic. It will take nearly 3-6 months for non-special use cosmetics to get approval while special use cosmetics, such as sunscreen, will take 8-12 months. The new option to file non-special cosmetics in Shanghai, Pudong can decrease the registration time to 1-2 months.
Note: all CFDA registered cosmetic and skincare products imported into China will be required to undergo animal testing.