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Event Recap - Understanding China's Regulations, Compliance and Importation Procedures

19 May 2017

On 19 May, ACBC Victoria welcomed two expert speakers from REACH24, a Hangzhou-based consulting company providing regulatory compliance information and advisory to companies seeking to export into China.

Raymond Ng, Food Regulatory Consultant and Robert Ying, Business Development Manager (Cosmetic Division) at REACH24 provided insight into China’s regulations, compliance and importation procedures, particularly for companies in the food and beverage, cosmetics and beauty products, and organics and health supplements sectors.

Roger explained five key factors that Australian cosmetic exporters seeking to satisfy the Chinese regulatory scheme need to consider:

  • The definition and classification of cosmetics in China
  • The negative and positive ingredient lists
  • New ingredients for cosmetics
  • The role of the responsible agent
  • Pre-market approval

Roger also discussed the new Shanghai Pudong Policy, permitting non-special cosmetics to product launch in shorter timeframes.

Raymond explained the China Inspection & Quarantine (CIQ) Services framework as it applies to Chinese food import procedures, and provided recent statistics on goods rejected by CIQ and advice on avoiding such rejections. His advice was to ensure labelling and ingredients are compliant, to run smaller quantities for initial sample tests, and to ‘treat every province as its own country’ (as different provinces may have different interpretations of the CIQ policies) in order to comply with CIQ protocol.

The presentations were followed by an engaging Q&A session, allowing for further discussion.

ACBC Victoria extends its thanks to Raymond Ng and Roger Ying for sharing their insight and experience. We also warmly thank all those who attended for contributing to the event.