China China revises lists of banned cosmetic ingredients, adding 17 new items

China revises lists of banned cosmetic ingredients, adding 17 new items

China’s National Medical Products Administration on May 28 issued the List of Banned Cosmetic Ingredients (化妆品禁用组分) and the List of Banned Botanical (Animal-derived) Cosmetic Ingredients (化妆品禁用植 (动) 物组分), both of which took effect immediately. These lists are revisions of two tables in Chapter 2 of the Safety Technical Standards for Cosmetics 2015 (化妆品安全技术规范 (2015年版)). Starting from this day, registrants and notifiers of cosmetic products may not produce or import cosmetics containing ingredients on the lists.

The most important change in the new lists is the addition of 17 new ingredients, some of which are shown in the table below. Some of the new items added to the lists of banned cosmetic ingredients

Name CAS number
3-Benzylidene camphor 15087-24-8
Boric acid 10043-35-3
Dichloromethane 75-09-2
Sodium perborate 7632-04-4
Vinyl acetate 108-05-4
Phenacetin 62-44-2
Cyclohexylamine 108-91-8
Imidazole 288-32-4
Formaldehyde 50-00-0
Paraformaldehyde 30525-89-4


In addition, some ingredient names have been changed to official ones, CAS numbers added to some ingredients and other changes made.

The full lists (in simplified Chinese) are available at

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AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

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Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
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MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji