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The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) recently published the finalised list of prohibited ingredients for cosmetics.

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.

End of the road?

According to NMPA, there were only 18 CBD cosmetics filed before 2019. This increased to 413 and 1783 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

This crackdown on cannabis cosmetics deals a huge blow to the emerging market for CBD beauty.

In the past three years, more and more beauty products with cannabis ingredients like CBD have emerged in China.

According to the 2019 Hemp Annual Report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), China grows nearly half of the world’s supply of hemp fibre, making it the largest producer in the world.

This proposal is currently open to public opinions till April 19.

“Cannabis cosmetics are undoubtedly one of the hottest products in China. Once the ban takes effect, it will have tremendous impact on the industry. The rising prosperity in the cannabis cosmetic sector will come to a grinding halt.”

Ban would affect CBEC sales

On March 26, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), announced a proposal​ to introduce legislation that would prohibit the use of cannabis and cannabis extracts in cosmetics.

In the past few years, a number of CBD beauty brands have penetrated the Chinese market​ via cross border e-commerce (CBEC) channels such as Tmall Global.

However, He confirmed that this ban would also apply to brands coming into China through this channel, leaving no loophole for CBD beauty companies.

The ban would include raw materials such as cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabis sativa kernel fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil, as well as cannabis sativa leaf.