In the past three years, more and more beauty products with cannabis ingredients like CBD have emerged in China.
He told CosmeticsDesign-Asia that this increase also resulted in growing distrust of CBD cosmetics among the authorities.
“China NMPA will issue transitional measures granting a deadline for their sales. However, retailers are encouraged to pull CBD cosmetics off the shelves,” said Hedy He, regulatory analyst, Chemlinked.
End of the road?
Retailers in China are being advised to pull any cannabis-based cosmetics off the shelves. [Getty Images]
This crackdown on cannabis cosmetics deals a huge blow to the emerging market for CBD beauty.
According to NMPA, there were only 18 CBD cosmetics filed before 2019. This increased to 413 and 1783 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The NMPA stated that cosmetic companies were not allowed to produce or import products containing prohibited ingredients stipulated in the new inventories from May 28.
Among the 24 newly prohibited ingredients were cannabidiol (CBD), cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil and cannabis sativa leaf extract. This formalises a draft proposed in March to ban cannabis-based cosmetics in China.
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The plant remains a restricted crop under the Misuse of Drugs Act and growing it requires a government-issued licence.
“There’s a lot of regulatory changes that need to happen in order to create a safe, legal, and transparent supply chain for CBD in the UK,” said Louise Motala, managing director of Bridge Farm.
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