China’s State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform has reportedly reorganized its food and drug administration authority. Formerly known as the State Food Drug Administration, the agency will now be called the China Food & Drug Administration (CFDA) and it will apparently have “strengthened responsibilities” of food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.

According to the China-based Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service (CIRS), which provides certification, testing, registration, and compliance services to various industries, one of the most significant changes for cosmetic companies going forward will be that imported, ordinary-use cosmetics must be registered with CFDA authorities at provincial levels, rather than with the state authority in Beijing as the current system dictates.

According to CIRS, the reform is good news for (i) foreign companies that want to place ordinary-use cosmetics on the Chinese market because the cosmetics registration process may be shortened, and (ii) new Chinese cosmetic manufacturers because they will have to deal with one less government entity.