As the cruelty-free world changes, and the cruelty-free stance of brands can change for better or worse, it’s always exciting to hear positive news. Today I got some exciting news from my friends at Humane Society International that I wanted to share with you! In China, where animal testing on cosmetics is currently required by law, they have released a proposal that would introduce a new in vitro test that could help reduce animal testing!
These in vitro tests are used in many other regions to show that cosmetic ingredients are safe to use, but are not yet generally recognized in China. In fact, testing on animals is required in China. This is the case for ingredients, as well as finished products and even products that are on the market in China. While there are some ways that brands can sell in China and remain cruelty-free, such as selling in Hong Kong only or importing via mail to China, there are few brands successfully selling in China while remaining cruelty-free.
It has recently been announced that both Hourglass Cosmetics and Urban Decay are opening stores in Hong Kong. This has led to a lot of confusion in the cruelty-free community about what this means for the animal testing stance of brands. Can brands sell in Hong Kong and be cruelty-free? Because Hong Kong is part of China, are the Hong Kong animal testing laws the same as in China?
In an effort to help set the record straight, this post will provide you with some important details about the animal testing laws in Hong Kong and what it means for cruelty-free brands who choose to sell there.
Today China announced that is has filed a draft that, if further steps are taken, could help reduce animal testing for some cosmetics. Every January, the China FDA made some changes by taking some small steps that could make it easier for international companies to sell in China in the future. In this post, I will share information about what the draft that was filed means to animal testing laws in China.
As you may or may not know, China does currently require animal testing for all products sold in China if the brand also sells internationally. Any small changes to this are a positive step towards ending animal testing!
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Today China enacted the first steps to reduce animal testing. This is not a ban on animal testing, but the start of potential changes to the animal testing laws in China. Previously it was required by law that all cosmetics sold in China be tested on animals.
The new regulations state that ordinary cosmetics produced and sold in China will no longer be required to be tested on animals. This change will affect only pre-market items, meaning before they are delivered onto store shelves or to consumers as a finished product.
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.