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Mandatory cosmetic animal testing in China relaxed

Posted: 12 December 2013. Updated: 12 December 2013

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration have announced that animal tests for some cosmetics products manufactured in China will no longer be compulsory. China will regulate domestic “Non-Special Use Cosmetic Products” (Non-SUCPs), which excludes items like hair dyes and skin-whitening products, by adopting the EU cosmetics management model.

Manufacturers of domestic Non-SUCPs will, from 1 June 2014, no longer need to carry out animal tests to demonstrate product safety. Most importantly, they can now prepare a safety assessment of their product using existing animal testing data or EU validated non-animal testing, meaning new animal tests are not compulsory.

Currently, a number of cruelty-free companies are not doing business in China due to the previous requirements for mandatory animal testing of products new to China. This small but significant shift in the right direction may mean that foreign cosmetics companies could enter the Chinese market in the future. This change currently only covers Chinese manufacturers, but it is hoped that this requirement will extend to imported products in time.

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