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Cosmetics export to China Shanghai Pudong via New Express Channel,Can save 50% CFDA registration time!

On 17 Jan, 2017, The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have jointly issued a pilot measures about the record-filing of non-special-purpose cosmetic imports in Shanghai?ˉs Pudong New Area.

From 1 March 2017 to 21 December 2018, foreign non-special-purpose cosmetics imported into China through the port of Pudong New Area for the first time , and whose China Responsible agency (CRA) is registered in the Pudong New Area, Then the new record-filing procedure (Express Channel) will replace the current regular CFDA registration procedure.

New "Express channel" record-filing procedure Compare with the regular CFDA registration procedure, mainly is can save at least 50% time;

The regular CFDA registration procedure is issue certificate after the technical review, total time need 5-9 months,

But the new "express channel" procedure is issue record-filing Number before technical review, total time fast to 2-3 months.

The below table is the detail compare of the two process:

Compare Itmes Regular CFDA registration process New SFDA Record-Filing Process
(Express Channal)
Total Timeline 5-9 month 2-3 months
Cost Enquire us for Same
Main difference of the process Issue certificate AFTER technical evaluation£? Issue Record filing Number BEFORE technical evaluation
Project Name Imported non-special Cosmetics CFDA administrative licensing Imported non-special Cosmetics Shanghai FDA Record-Filing
Legal basis National regulation Pilot measures
Implementation time Since 2008 From 1-Mar-2017 to 21-Dec-2018
Administration department CFDA in Beijing Shanghai local FDA
Authorized application China Responsible agency (CRA) China Responsible agency (CRA)
Requirement for CRA Chinese Company registered in china mainland Chinese Company registered in Shanghai Pudong New area
Duty of CRA Responsible for CFDA registration only Responsible for SFDA filing, import process, product quality & safety responsibility on the market
Import Port All port in China mainland Port in Shanghai Pudong new area only
Importer All import company in China Only the CRA in Shanghai Pudong  new area
Application Documents 1.CFDA Registration Application form
2.The copy of Applicant business license.
3.Certificate of Quality Management System (GMPc,ISO 9000,ISO 22716 Certificate ,etc.)
4.Letter of Authorization issued by the Applicant to its CFDA registration agent in China.
5.Free sales certificate or other Marketing Approval Certificate in original country
6.The cosmetics product formula table .
7.The Product quality and safety control standards.
8.Statement of undertaking on the not use of raw materials involving high risks substances (such as BSE- mad cow disease)
9.The risk substances safety testing or assessment report (Such as Dioxane, phenol, acrylamide, methanol, etc.)
10.Product original packaging label and Chinese label.
11.Production process, Diagram flow chart,etc.
12.Quality standards and Specifications for major raw materials.
13.The sealed intact product samples.
Almost same
Product test items Microbiology, hygiene and Toxicology (Animal experiment) Same
Process Entrust CRA Prepare Application Documents Product testing Submit application to CFDA CFDA Format review and Technical evaluation (3-5 months) Issue Certificate Import Entrust CRA Prepare Application Documents Product testing Submit application to Shanghai FDA Shanghai FDA Format review (5 days) Issue Record filing Number Import
Main difference of the process Issue certificate AFTER technical evaluation£? Issue Record filing Number BEFORE technical evaluation (Technical evaluation will be conducted in the subsequence 3 months.)
Total Timeline (Inc test time) 6-9 month 3 months
Valid 4 years Undetermined

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Due to the reorganization of the Chinese government in 2018,
CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) was renamed to NMPA (National Medical Product Administration), and its food supervision function has been transferred to SAMR (State Administration for Market Regulation of China);
GACC (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China) was abolished, and its import and export trade supervision function has been transferred to GACC (General Administration of Customs of China),
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