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China moves towards ending testing of cosmetics on animals

China’s cosmetics testing laws require all foreign cosmetics products to be tested on animals before they can be sold in the country.

JESSICA RAPP: ‘China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) recently issued a statement about its commitment to overhauling testing in the cosmetics industry and exploring viable alternatives to animal tests that are commonly used in countries where the practice is banned. The NIFDC emphasised that research, development, and the standardisation of testing methods that don’t use animals are its top priorities. Animal-protection organisations have been working closely with Chinese stakeholders to replace animal testing – which, for cosmetics alone, requires the use of an estimated 500,000 animals per year around the world – with more modern and predictive technologies…

China’s cosmetics testing laws require all foreign cosmetics products to be tested on animals before they can be sold in the country. In 2014, China began to soften its stance, allowing domestic cosmetic brands to sell products not for “special use” (make-up, skincare, and fragrances) without the need to test them on animals, but only so long as they adhered to strict standards and a list of pre-approved and tested ingredients. This also applied to foreign cosmetics brand that chose to manufacture products in China for sale locally’. SOURCE…

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