LAE<sup>®</sup>approval as preservative for cosmetics in China

In December 2013, the petition to obtain the “New Chemical Substance” categorization was issued to the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China. After seven months, on July 2014, a registration certificate that considered LAE® a “New Chemical Substance” was issued by the corresponding authorities for the following uses:
  • Cosmetic preservative: maximum dose limited to the cosmetic preservative approval.
  • Wet wipes preservative: maximum dose limited to the cosmetic preservative approval. When applied in disinfectant wet wipes, there is not a maximum dose limitation.
Also in December 2013, the petition to obtain approval as a cosmetic ingredient for preservative purposes was submitted. In 2014 it was recorded in the Chinese Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients (IECIC), which allowed the use of Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl as a cosmetic ingredient (not as a preservative) with no maximum dose limited. Under this scenario, cosmetic manufacturers could be required to provide safety evaluation information when using this ingredient.
Eventually, on the 28th of December 2020, the Chinese authorities issued an official announcement stating that Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl is approved as a cosmetic preservative and included in the List of Permitted Preservatives (Table 4) in chapter III of the Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (2015 Edition).
Thanks to this approval, LAE® can be used for all kinds of cosmetic products except for lip products, oral hygiene products, and spray products up to 0.4%.
Use the following link to read Chinese legislation.