One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is about cosmetics that are made in China. Many are aware that China currently requires animal testing on cosmetics that are sold there. However, it is often unclear to consumers if cosmetics that are made in China fall under those regulations as well.
Many brands who are cruelty free carry “made in China” labels on their packaging and products. I often get asked if, just as when selling in China, this means the brand does take part in animal testing.
Thankfully, the answer is no. Products that are made in China can be cruelty free. They are not subject to the same animal testing laws. Brands who produce their items in China can stay cruelty free so long as they do not sell these items in China.
Often times brands that sell in China continue to state that they are cruelty free. These brands usually say that they are cruelty free, except when required to test on animals due to local or regional laws. This is because animal testing in China is conducted by the Government or a 3rd party agency. The brand still knowingly submits their products to animal testing and pays for any necessary fees associated with the testing. However, since they do not conduct the testing themselves, the typically state that they are still cruelty free.
To learn more about the animal testing laws in China, and how they may be changing, I suggest reading the following posts from Logical Harmony:
- What Does Animal Testing as Required by Law Mean?
- Animal Testing and China
- Are Items Imported Into China Tested on Animals?
- China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing
- Updates on China’s Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws
- China’s Cosmetic Definitions – How could they effect animal testing laws?
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