As Per Section 3(aaa) of the 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.
As per Rule 129 of Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945
No cosmetic shall be imported into India unless the product is registered under the rules by the licensing authority appointed by the Central Government under rule 21 or by any person to whom such powers may be delegated under Rule 22.
Any article falling within the definition of cosmetic (Section 3aaa of D&C Act, 1940) is required to be registered along with pack size and manufacturing premises before import into the country.
An application for issue of a Registration Certificate for cosmetics intended to be imported into India shall be made online in Form 42 on SUGAM Portal of CDSCO either by the manufacturer himself or by his authorized agent or importer in India or by the subsidiary in India authorized by the manufacturer to the Licensing Authority under the Act i.e. Drugs Controller General (I), CDSCO (HQ).