Good news for cruelty-free Cosmetics Brands wanted to enter the Chinese Market.

Having relaxed testing rules for domestic cosmetic brands, regulator emphasizes its commitment to exploring alternative safety tests for foreign-made cosmetics

Cosmetics : The End of Animal Testing in China

After relaxing the testing rules for domestic cosmetics brands, the regulator underscores its commitment to exploring other safety tests for cosmetics manufactured abroad.

It has been a little less than a year since the controversial decision of the French cosmetics company NARS to sell its make-up in China provoked a deep fracture on the world stage of humane beauty.

China plans to change its cosmetic testing policy on animals,

Brand fans and animal lovers will soon be able to make peace. China plans to change its cosmetic testing policy on animals, which could pave the way for cruelty-free brands to exploit the country’s $ 33 billion cosmetics market.

The National Institute of Food and Drug Control of China (NIFDC) recently issued a statement stating its commitment to reorganize testing in the cosmetics industry and to seek viable alternatives to animal testing commonly used in countries where this practice is prohibited. The NIFDC emphasized that research, development and standardization of non-animal testing methods are its top priorities.

Animal protection organizations are working closely with Chinese stakeholders to replace animal testing – which for cosmetics alone requires the use of around 500 000 animals a year worldwide – with more modern and predictive technologies.

Significant progress has been made in recent months in China (source)

Troy Seidle, vice president of research and toxicology at Humane Society International, told La Poste that the NIFDC’s recent statement, published on its official WeChat account last week, was particularly promising.

“This is the first time the authority has published its point of view on cosmetic alternatives with such a clearly articulated future strategy,” says Seidle. “Chinese authorities and stakeholders are actively engaged in adopting validated alternatives to strengthen the alignment of international regulation and trade in the cosmetics sector.”