Cosmetics – Manufacturing License

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Cosmetic definition:

As per Section 3(aaa) of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 “Cosmetic” means “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 thereunder, 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 Licensing Authority appointed by the Central Government.

The Drugs Controller General (India) functions as the Licensing Authority who grants the registration certificate and regulates the import of cosmetics in India vide Gazette notification G.S.R 426(E) under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder.

How to obtain manufacturing license for Cosmetics

For obtaining manufacturing license for Cosmetics, the list of documents required is provided below. Download the pdf file and prepare the documents accordingly.

Procedure for obtaining manufacturing license for Cosmetics. Download the pdf file for more detail and prepare the documents accordingly.

List of Forms & Fee for obtaining the said license is provided below. Download the pdf file and prepare the Form accordingly and submit the required fee.

Download the below pdf files for various Forms which suits your requirement

Download Schedule M-II for requirements of area and machineries

Submit your application (Online and / or hard copy) to State Drugs Controller / Licensing Authority of your area after completing all the required documents.

Note: Requirements of some of documents and procedure for submission of application may vary from State to State


Conditions of licenses is to be maintained after obtaining the required manufacturing license for Cosmetics. Download the pdf file for ready reference.

Procedure for submission of license retention fee. Download the pdf file for more detail and prepare the documents accordingly.

Click below for Checklist for Pre Screening of Applications for Grant of Registration Certificate in Form 43 under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules.



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