Drug Administration); General Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine (AQSIQ); State Administration for
Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and Ministry
of Environmental Protection (MEP).
Dr. Gangli Wang presented an interpretation of inspection standards for cosmetic
licensing. Wang noted that following testing
(which includes physical safety, toxicology and
human safety), the report then goes over for
Meanwhile, Prof. Pengcheng Ma’s slide-show detailed an interpretation of the CFDA
guide to technical evaluation of cosmetics. The focus on ingredients is a key element in this product.
“For the practical effect of raw materials in their products,
such as emollients, emulsifiers, solvents and preservatives, medical terminology can not be used. Product quality and safety control requirements, such as color, odor and sensory specifications,
are also considered,” he explained.
During the afternoon session, Jay Goldring, regulatory director at L’Oréal, offered an industry perspective on Chinese cosmetic regulations.
“The situation is changing rapidly and really evolving over
time,”he said.“Laws are a complex situation and we need to keep
on top of that as an industry.”
Goldring presented an overview of cosmetic regulatory phi-
losophies in the US and China. For example, in the US, cosmetic
manufacturers are responsible for the safety and quality of prod-
ucts. In China, however, the government is the responsible party.
In the US, all safety aspects regarding China are covered by one
agency (the FDA) and one law (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic
Act); but in China, there are four agencies and 15 laws.
Goldring added that new ingredients are also a source of con-
fusion, as“there isn’t a clear criterion to define what is ‘new’ in
As deputy US trade representative under President George W.
Bush, Huntsman helped negotiate dozens of free trade agree-
ments with Asian and African nations. Asked by President
Obama in 2009 to serve his country once again, Huntsman was
unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as ambassador to
In the private sector, Hunstman is a successful businessman
with hands-on job creation experience. He served as an executive in his family’s business, Huntsman Chemical, which created
hundreds of products and employed thousands of people. He is
a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Topics in the Q&A spanned from the World Trade Organization
to his family’s roots in the chemical industry to social media.
Regardless of the topic, however, it is clear that Huntsman is a
big proponent of China.
“What we’ve seen in the past 40 years is nothing short of mi-
raculous,” he told the audience.“By 2040 or 2050, China will be a
totally developed country.”
Huntsman admitted that domestic challenges are enormous,
and said it is a common misconception that the US is trying to
hold down growth in China and the region.
“We have to keep trade open in the Asian-Pacific region, this
is key,” he insisted, ”Moving the region from an export model to
a consumer model is a challenge, but it is being helped along by
the rise of the middle class.”
Huntsman explained too that China is a nation of many fac-
es—as there are 47 ethnic groups among its one billion citizens.
Such a diverse population is bound to have vocal opposition,
which is finding its global voice via social media.
On future competitors, Hunstman points to India—“India’s
political leadership changes; and a lot of India’s fortune is tied to
political stability,” he contended.
Concluding the session, Huntsman offered advice to the
chemical industry and future business opportunities with China.
“Improvements will be seen in the next generation of leadership with more sophistication,” he predicted. “Doors will be
opening to investment and trade. Expect new reforms that parallel those of the late 1970s. It’s the rise of a new dynasty.”•
NYSCC board members with Huntsman at a VIP meet and greet during the May 16 conference.
The Main Attraction
Gov. John Huntsman, who served as US Ambassador to China
from 2009 through April 2011 when he stepped down to run
for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United
States, arrived later in the day for a VIP photo session, followed
by dinner and a Q&A session. Prior to serving as ambassador to
China, Huntsman was twice elected as Governor of Utah.
According to event organizers, Huntsman’s breadth of involvement in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and
involvement. He has previously lived in Asia four times and speaks
fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Huntsman has extensive foreign policy experience. When he
was 19, he embarked on a two-year mission trip to Taiwan. Later,
he served as a staff assistant to the president. He was later named
US ambassador to Singapore under President George H. W. Bush.