PRESS RELEASE (Singapore, August 2008)

“How to enter the Booming Beauty, Cosmetics, Spa & Wellness Market in China”

On 23 July 2008, SWAS hosted Senior Consultants from China’s Quality and Technology Certification and Consultation Service Centre (QTCCC) and led a workshop entitled “How to Enter the Booming Beauty, Cosmetics, Spa & Wellness Market in China”.

QTCCC is a professional department of Guangdong Beauty and Cosmetic Association responsible for product registration. QTCCC offers the professional service of obtaining Registration Credence of Imported Cosmetics for Non-Special Purposes, Documents for Hygiene Permits of Imported Cosmetics for Special Purposes, Documents for Hygiene Permits of Domestic Cosmetics for Special Purposes issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH), P.R.C. and Approval Documents for Imported Health Foods issued by the State Food and Drug Administration. QTCCC registers new cosmetic ingredients with the MOH (PRC), as well as applies for labeling records of import-export cosmetics or foods to the Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Institution for domestic and overseas hairdressing, cosmetic manufacturing and distributing enterprises.

Organised by SWAS and Co-sponsored by Expressions International, with the support from IE Singapore, The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Business Federation and the Spa Association of Singapore this workshop was attended by some 40 industry members who are keen to explore or has plans enter the Chinese market.

A participant who attended this workshop said : “This is a great event and I must congratulate SWAS for organizing this workshop. My company has been studying how we can enter the Chinese market for years, but never got anywhere as we lack a body who can provide us information on entry requirements, registration in China and import procedures or advise on how we can successfully penetrate the very lucrative Chinese market.”

China has been growing exponentially over the last decade and it is forecasted that the growth will continue aggressively to eventually top America as the number one global economy by 2035.

SWAS President Dr. Theresa Chew states, “We strive to offer our members and industry friends the opportunities to venture into countries beyond our Singapore shores. China is definitely very exciting and offers many opportunities for Singaporean companies in the Spa, Wellness and Beauty industries.”

A positive outcome of this workshop is the ensuing dialogue between the QTCCC officials and the EXCO Members of SWAS. At the end of the dialogue, both parties agreed to collaborate further in a partnership, details of which will be announced later. This partnership will provide a powerful platform for Singapore companies to seek guidance on the processes of importing their products and services into China through SWAS.

As SWAS is also actively looking into providing opportunities for its members to expand their businesses outside of Singapore, it has been participating in several international tradeshows held in China and will continue its efforts to engage in the China Market for its members’ benefits. SWAS has also been invited by Cosmoprof Asia to co-organise the Spa & Wellness conference during the event to be held in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, which will feature top speakers from within the industry to bring about one of the most talked about conference. Below are some of the trade shows which SWAS will be leading the Singapore pavilion to China and beyond.

1. Cosmoprof Hong Kong – 12-14 November 2008 (IMAP Grant approved)
2. Guangzhou Beauty Expo 2009 March 2009 – (IMAP pending approval) – A great platform to enter the China Market.
3. Cosmoprof Shanghai 2009 – second half of 2009. (IMAP pending approval)
4. The Hotel Show, featuring Hotel Spa Resort – 23-26th May 2009. – IMAP grant pending application. – Many visitors are hotel owners planning spa and resort in the Middle East.
5. Beautyworld India – (October 2008) – IMAP pending announcement
6. Beautyworld Middle East – Dubai. 7-9 June 2009 – (IMAP grant approved)

For more info, call secretariat at +65 6513 7315 or email