Cosmetic is defined under section 3(aaa) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 as, any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, or introduced into, or otherwise applied to, the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance, and includes any article intended for use as a component of cosmetic.
Under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made there under, the manufacture of cosmetics is regulated under a system of inspection and licensing by the State Licensing Authorities appointed by the respective State Governments, while the import of cosmetics is regulated under a system of registration by the Central Licensing Authority appointed by the Central Government. The Drugs Controller General (India) functions as the Central Licensing Authority who grants the Import Registration Certificate and regulates the import of cosmetics into India vide Gazette notification G.S.R 763(E) under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
Any article falling within the definition of cosmetic is required to be registered along with pack size, variant(s) and manufacturing premises before its import into the country.
No cosmetic shall be imported into India unless the product is registered under the rules by the Central Licensing Authority appointed by the Central Government under rule 3(f) or by any person to whom such powers may be delegated under rule 5. [As per rule 12(1) of the Cosmetic Rules, 2020]
No cosmetic shall be imported or manufactured unless it complies with the specifications prescribed under the Ninth Schedule or any other standards of quality and safety, applicable to it, and other provisions under the rules. In case, the cosmetic is not included under the Ninth Schedule, it shall meet the requirements under these rules and specifications and standards applicable to it in the country of origin. [As per rule 39 of the Cosmetic Rules, 2020]
No cosmetic may purport or claim to purport or convey any idea which is false or misleading to the intending user. [As per rule 36 of the Cosmetic Rules, 2020]
Amendment of the Cosmetic Rules, 2020 with respect to registration and import of Cosmetic products.
Scrutiny of applications relating to registration of cosmetic products for Import into the country as per the requirements of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules made there under.
Scrutiny of various applications for NOC /Clarification relating to import of cosmetic products.
Preparation of draft replies to RTI, court cases, VIP references and Parliament Question related to cosmetics.
Replying to Government correspondences/ BIS as and when required.
Handling of PMOPGs/public enquiries/hearings related to cosmetic import registration process and providing guidance thereto.
Handling of public/NGOs/Consumer forums complaints/grievances regarding standards of cosmetic products
Steps for Online application for registration of cosmetics
Access the portal by using the link http://cdscoonline.gov.in.
Signup and create login credentials.
Submit all the details with valid e-mail id and mobile number (for alerts) and complete the signup process.
After successful signup login into the portal.
In form submission section, select department and select type of form.
Choose the type of application need to be submitted ex. Fresh, Endorsement etc.
After final submission View the form details and click on "continue" button to proceed further. It will be re-directed to the "Preview" page. In preview user can view complete information filled by the user till now. Click on "Edit" button to do any modifications in the filled form. View the form details and click on "Save and Continue" button to proceed further. It will be redirected to the "Checklist" page.
Once moved to "Checklist" page, any further modifications in the application form will not be allowed.
Click on each points to upload document electronically. Documents which needs to be uploaded will vary from point to point.
Upload all the documents and click on "Submit" button on the checklist page to proceed further. It will be re-directed to the "Payment".
Fill the form details and click on "Submit" button to proceed further. It will be re-directed to the " Preview" page.
Multiple challan' can be uploaded, upto a maximum limit of five challan'.
Click on " PDF" button to generate the PDF of the filled form. Full Preview will consist of Details of the payment done by the user. Click on "Continue " button to proceed further. It will be re-directed to the Upload Form.
To submit the documents electronically click on 'browse' button and select the file from your system. Click on "Submit" button to proceed further.
Upload Form 42 here, which was downloaded as PDF earlier in Full Preview page.
RC Application will be submitted successfully and online application will be forwarded to the respective Designated Officer. Please note down the Reference Number generated for future reference.
Submitted application will be reviewed by the Designated Officer for compliance of required documents registration
If the application is found to be satisfactory in all respect, the same will be forwarded for approval of Licensing Authority. Once approved, the approval letter will be available in Applicants SUGAM dashboard.
If the application is not found satisfactory, then discrepancies in the application are intimated to the applicant in the SUGAM Portal. Once the discrepancies are complied, it is then processed for approval.
- Guidelines Document
- Guidance for Import Registration of Cosmetics in India
- Guidelines on Registration
- Clarification for import
- Documents required for registration
- General Non Compliances Observed
- Sugam User Manual
- Checklist Documents