The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has issued a notice inviting comments on its "Regulations concerning the Hygiene Supervision over cosmetics," which the agency intends to amend for the first time in 23 years. According to a news source, the rapid development of China’s cosmetics industry, combined with profound changes in the industry, social environment and regulatory and supervisory arenas, have rendered the existing legislation "grossly inadequate" to meet the demands of China’s current market.

Following the comment period, CFDA reportedly intends to release a draft of the amended regulation by the end of 2013 for a second round of public consultation. Industry insiders have reportedly predicted that China plans to tighten control over cosmetics that make efficacy claims, such as skin-whitening and anti-wrinkle properties. Comments will be accepted until October 10, 2013.