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China’s regulation on disposable sanitary products has been strengthened gradually as the market in China is on rapid increase in recent years. There are two standards regulating the disposable sanitary products in China:
  • GB15979—2002  Hygienic Standard for Disposable Sanitary Products
  • GB20810—2006 Bathroom Tissue (including Bathroom Tissue Base Paper)
As required by notifications of 2013, all imported disposable sanitary products shall conform to the two standards as the forgoing, among which HS codes and corresponding standards of products under regulation are specified (refer to Table 1 for details).
 
Table 1 Type and Corresponding Standard of Products under Regulation
HS Code Product Type Testing Standard
4818200000 A small roll (piece) of paper handkerchief(s) (with its width ≤36cm, in roll, rectangle or other special shape) GB15979—2002  Hygienic Standard for Disposable Sanitary Products
4818300000 A small roll (piece) of paper table cove(s) or napkin(s) (with its width ≤36cm, in roll, rectangle or other special shape)
4818500000 Paper clothing and its accessories (made of pulp, paper, cellulose wadding and cellulose fiber webs)
4818900000 Paper sheets and similar products for family, hygiene and hospital (made of pulp, paper, cellulose wadding and cellulose fiber webs)
9619001000 Pull-up baby diapers, diapers/nappies
9619002000 Sanitary napkins (panty liners) and tampons
9619009000 Diaper padding and similar products under the category
4803000000 Bathroom tissue, facial tissue, napkins and similar paper (with its width ≤36cm in piece or roll, or length of one side >36cm and that of the other>15cm in rectangle) GB20810—2006 Bathroom Tissue (including Bathroom Tissue Base Paper)
4818100000 A small roll (piece) of bathroom tissue paper (with its width ≤36cm, in roll, rectangle or other special shape)
/ Imported intermediate products under the above codes (exclusive of bathroom tissue and its base paper) GB15979—2002  Hygienic Standard for Disposable Sanitary Products
 
All disposable sanitary products imported into China can pass the customs provided they conform to the following requirements according to the notifications:
1. The party for inspection shall provide test report issued by testing agency with CNAS qualification;
2. Chinese identification shall be specified on the products;
3. All disposable sanitary products, with damaged package, bad hygiene status, or beyond their expiry date, or mix with waste and old products, etc. shall be returned or destroyed.
 
Products not complying with the requirements shall be returned or destroyed. According to data on quality of imported disposable sanitary products of China in 2013, the percentage of rejects for the annual survey is 8.6%, for weight 8.78%, for goods value 11.8%. The reasons for such failure include: excessive microorganism, unqualified packaging, quality falling short of standards and failure to provide Toxicology Test Report.
 
C&K Testing hereby reminds enterprises who want to import such products into China that obtaining test report prior to products shipment may not only accelerate the products to pass the customs, but also prevent the tremendous economic loss caused by failure in completing the procedure due to non-compliance of products.
 
 
C&K Testing, equipped with compliance lab for disposable sanitary products, can provide your products with reasonable testing plans.
 
Microorganism Total bacteria colonies/ Bioburden
Coliform group
Pathogenic pyogenic bacteria: staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus hemolyticus
Total fungi colonies
Toxicology Dermal irritation test
Vaginal mucosa irritation test
Dermal allergic reaction test


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