India’s Ministry of Health has issued guidelines to facilitate the registration process of imported cosmetic products, which is set to become mandatory in the country from April 1, 2013.

Pursuant to the “Guidelines on Registration of Import of Cosmetics”, all cosmetic products that are imported for sale in India need to be registered using Form-42, along with all requisite documents, including: an original or a copy of the Label, a Free Sale Certificate (FSC), the product specifications and testing protocol, a list of countries where the product is duly authorised for sale, the pack insert, if any.

The application must be submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) by the manufacturer himself having registered office in India, the authorised agent of the manufacturer, the subsidiary of the manufacturer or any other importer. As per the guidelines, “each application will be accompanied by a fee of USD 250 or its equivalent Indian rupees.

Guidelines on Registration of Import of Cosmetics