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Mastering the overseas Cosmetic Product Registration in India: Best Practices for faster Registration with CDSCO

Navigating the regulatory landscape for importing cosmetics into India can be a complex journey, particularly when dealing with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). Many applicants encounter various challenges and pitfalls during the registration process, which can delay approvals or even lead to rejections. In this article, we delve into the common mistakes made by applicants when seeking registration for overseas cosmetic products with CDSCO, offering valuable insights and tips to ensure a smoother and more successful registration experience.

Cosmetic Product Registration in India CDSCO

Here are some common errors made by applicants and tips to avoid them for a smoother approval process:

Covering Letter for Cosmetic Product Registration in India (CDSCO)

The covering letter is typically the final document an applicant prepares but is likely the first document reviewed by CDSCO. Often, applicants overlook clearly stating the purpose of their submission. The covering letter should explicitly mention whether it's a fresh application or an endorsement, and specify details such as pack sizes, manufacturing sites, or additional outsourcing locations to avoid any confusion. It's imperative to ensure that the purpose of the application is clearly articulated.

Form COS -1 and the required Information and undertaking for Cosmetic Product Registration in India (CDSCO)

When filling out Form COS-1 for the import registration certificate, it's crucial to ensure accuracy and completeness. One common pitfall is the omission of essential details such as the name and address of the authorized Indian agent, manufacturer, and manufacturing premises. Additionally, if the products are intended for bulk importation, it's necessary to specify the actual pack size for bulk quantity imports. Another frequent oversight is the failure to provide a colored scan copy of the original document containing signatures and stamps with the name and designation of the Indian agent or manufacturer.

Part-I of the Second Schedule of the Cosmetic Rules, 2020 outlines the information and undertaking required from the manufacturer or their authorized importer, distributor, or agent. However, discrepancies often arise when the name and address of the authorized Indian agent, manufacturer, and manufacturing premises do not correlate with those provided in Form COS-1. Similarly, inconsistencies in the cosmetic name, category, variant, and pack size compared to Form COS-1 can lead to delays in the registration process. Moreover, the undertaking must be signed and stamped by the Indian agent or manufacturer, and it's essential to include a comprehensive list of countries where market authorization or import permission has been granted. Incomplete information in the Second Schedule, including unfilled columns, and the absence of a colored scan copy of the original document further compound the issues encountered during the registration process.

Authorization of Indian Authorized Agent for Overseas Cosmetic Product

The authorization, accompanied by a detailed product list, needs to undergo apostillation and authentication by the country of origin. Every page of the authorization, including the product list, should carry signatures from both the authorized Indian agent and the manufacturer before authentication. It is essential to confirm that the names and addresses correspond to those provided in Form COS-1. Additionally, ensure that all authorizations are correctly signed, stamped, and dated. Arrange for apostillation or authentication of authorizations through the Indian Embassy.

CDSCO Fees for registration of cosmetics for import into India

The CDSCO Cosmetic Rules 2020 delineate the fees applicable for various categories and scenarios. However, applicants sometimes miscalculate the fees, resulting in discrepancies between the amount paid and the actual payable fees, leading to application delays.

For instance, if an eyeshadow is available in 10 shades and all are included in a single application, the payable fees would amount to $2000 (Cosmetic category ($1000) + Manufacturing Site Registration ($500) + $50 per variant ($500)). If the product is manufactured at two different sites and both are included in the same application, the fees would be $2500. Applicants should ensure they evaluate and remit the correct amount of fees and submit an acknowledgment receipt for the payment, ensuring it aligns with the applied category.

Product Composition Data/Ingredient List

The application should contain a comprehensive list of ingredients, detailing their concentrations within the product. This information must adhere to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) standards, ensuring that concentrations fall within the prescribed limits for each ingredient and substance. Additionally, these documents must bear signatures and stamps for authentication. However, applicants often overlook submitting the composition for some products within the category, and occasionally, the exact concentration of ingredients is omitted. Moreover, there are instances where the Product Composition data lacks proper signatures or stamps from competent Quality Control personnel or authorized individuals from the manufacturer. To mitigate these issues, it is advisable for the applicant to double-check all details to ensure their accuracy and completeness.

Free Sale Certificate

Obtain free sale certificates from the country of origin or manufacturer and submit colored scan copies with clear validity dates. Ensure the certificates clearly indicate that the products are freely sold in the respective countries.

Specifications and Testing Methods

Submit test protocols and specifications as per Cosmetics Rules, 2020, ensuring compliance with heavy metal limits.

Labels/Pack Insert

Provide legible labels in English, with accurate product details matching Form COS-1. Ensure labels comply with labeling requirements, including batch numbers, manufacturing license numbers, and expiration dates.

Undertakings for Heavy Metals and Non-Animal Testing

Applicants often overlook submitting undertakings or declarations confirming that cosmetics were not tested on animals. In some instances, even when the declaration or undertaking is submitted, it lacks signatures or stamps. Applicants should ensure that all documents are properly signed and stamped to avoid any queries from CDSCO.

Manufacturing License:

 Submit manufacturing licenses from the country of origin or notarized copies if applicable. Include undertakings if no provision for issuance exists.

If the original documents are in a language other than English, they must be translated into English and submitted. It's crucial to ensure that these English translations are signed by qualified translators. 

By avoiding these common mistakes and adhering to the guidelines provided, applicants can streamline the process of obtaining registration certificates for importing cosmetics into India. For expert assistance and guidance in navigating regulatory requirements, contact Artixio today!


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