Things You Should Know About Cosmetic Registration In India

Cosmetic products are liked and needed by all Indian women. In fact, India is seen as one of the largest markets for cosmetic products and therefore, all the major brands across the world strive for establishing their selling base here. To cut through the Indian market, the sellers need to assure the authorities that their products are safe and suitable for the Indian audience. Thus, they need to go through a 10-point procedure to get the Cosmetic Registration done. Without this, the business activities of the cosmetics importer are deemed illegal.

Important points to consider while filing for registration with Cosmetic Import India

  1. The registration is granted only to the manufacturer or his authorized agent or subsidiary in India
  2. All application forms are to be sent to the office of the DCGI, that falls under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi
  3. The application should be comprising of – Form 42, Schedule DIII, Power of Attorney, Challan, product specification, information note about the product features and its ingredients and usage, copy of the label or original label, List of other countries where registration is granted, Marketing Authorization Letter or Manufacturing License as applicable.
  4. Application is submitted online on Sugam Portal.
  5. A registration fee of $250 per Category is to be deposited in designated branches of Bank of Baroda,
  6. There is a waiting period of 3 months between the application and issuance of registration certificate. However, 3 months is the maximum time permissible for completing the registration process.
  7. The registration certificate issued is valid only for three years, after completion of three years the registration has to be renewed to continue business.
  8. If one manufacturing unit is producing more than one different cosmetic products, then a single application and registration certificate as per Form 43 is valid. You need not take different licenses for such products separately.
  9. The user may choose to reapply for registration 6 months before the expiry period of 3 years, if the application is in place, the existing registration certificate will continue to remain valid until the new one is issued.
  10. Read the Schedule S and Schedule Q thoroughly. If the cosmetic product has specifications mentioned in these schedules, then these cannot be imported. If the product specification does not find place in Schedule S only, then it should meet the rules and specifications according to the standards mentioned in the country where these are originally produced.

If you want to roll out cosmetic products only for trial marketing, or R&D, or to ascertain specifications like shelf life, or to garner consumer response, then no registration certificate is needed to carry out these Research and Development activities.

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