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Updates on China’s Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws

Updates on China's Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws
It was just announced that China may be planning to phase out animal testing that is currently required by law. The announcement is an exciting one as it could potentially mean giant changes in the beauty industry! However, a lot of things seemed confusing about the initial press release. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign issued an FAQ to help bring some clarity to the issue.

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China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing

China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing

This week the Be Cruelty-Free Campaign announced that China is going to make some revisions to their animal testing policies in 2014! This is another great step towards phasing out animal testing in this market! The Humane Society International has been actively involved in many campaigns against animal testing worldwide. Along with other organizations, a grant towards In Vitro Sciences has been provided to China in hopes that it will encourage their government to phase out animal testing laws.

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HSI to Submit a Proposal for Regulatory Revisions To Help Change China’s Animal Testing Laws

HSI to Submit a Proposal for Regulatory Revisions To Help Change China's Animal Testing Laws

Today Humane Society International announced plans to help China with non-animal testing in hopes that it assists with the process to change their animal testing regulations. At present time, all cosmetics sold in China are required by law to be tested on animals. HSI is submitting a detailed toxicology report to the Chinese Food and Drug Administration in hopes to accelerate the process of China moving away from animal testing and welcoming bans on animal testing, such as the EU, Isreal and India have in the past year.

This is an important campaign to stay up to date on because it massively effects the global beauty market. Many brands have started to test on animals in order to sell their products in China. It’s important to keep supporting truly cruelty free brands and supporting what organizations such as Humane Society International are doing in order to help show brands that the change is needed.

HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Welcomes Revision of China Cosmetics Law as Time to Modernise Without Animal Testing
 
LONDON (30 Sept.2013) – The Chinese government has announced that the country’s main cosmetics regulation is to be revised. Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign welcomes this move as the opportunity for China to move beyond animal testing in the cosmetics sector.  

Following the launch of Be Cruelty-Free China and a series of high-level meetings with government officials in Beijing earlier this year, HSI was pleased to see interest in modernizing China’s regulatory framework for cosmetics. The country’s ‘Regulations concerning the Hygiene Supervision over cosmetics’ has been in place unchanged since 1990 and requires that every new cosmetic product formulation intended for sale in China be animal tested in a government laboratory before being made available to Chinese consumers. The government also carries out follow-up animal testing of cosmetic products after they’ve been put on sale.
 
HSI’s toxicology experts have prepared a detailed submission for the China Food and Drug Administration, highlighting opportunities to reduce longstanding scientific and trade barriers. These include accelerating China’s acceptance of internationally recognized non-animal methods for safety testing, and aligning China’s animal testing policy with that of Europe, Israel and India, where such testing is banned for cosmetic products and ingredients.

Troy Seidle, HSI’s director of research and toxicology, said: “The revision of China’s cosmetics framework regulation is a pivotal moment in our Be Cruelty-Free China campaign and we are delighted to be contributing our scientific expertise. The science of non-animal safety testing has come a long way in the 23 years since China’s regulation was enacted, inspiring a global shift away from cosmetics animal testing and towards sophisticated computer and human tissue techniques. This is the right time to embrace these new approaches. We hope that China will align its cosmetics policy with Europe and other regions where cosmetics animal testing has already been abandoned, so that Chinese consumers can benefit from the cruelty-free cosmetics they clearly want and Chinese companies are free to sell their new cosmetics lines in the cruelty-free EU market.”  

HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free China campaign believes revising these rules to eliminate animal testing will improve consumer protection by moving away from decades-old toxicity tests that are poor predictors of human responses. As well as modernising safety testing, moving away from animal use would also allow the Chinese cosmetics industry to benefit from testing strategies that are often far faster and cheaper than animal testing.

China has a booming cosmetics industry, now one of the largest in the world with an estimated annual worth of more than 100 Billion RMB. While ethical consumerism and demand for cruelty-free cosmetics has grown in the last two decades, and many beauty brands have rejected animal testing in response, China’s animal test-based regulatory framework has created an increasing divide between the Chinese market and the growing number of countries choosing to outlaw cosmetics animal testing. Some brands such as LUSH, Paul Mitchell Systems and Urban Decay have pledged not to sell in China until the animal test requirement is removed.

Be Cruelty-Free China is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, HSI and its Be Cruelty-Free partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, China, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and beyond. 

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Are Items Imported into China Tested on Animals?

Are Items Imported into China Tested on Animals?

The laws about animal testing in China continue to cause confusion. Many brands have opted to started testing on animals to comply laws that require testing on animals in order to sell in China and in other markets. Last year, Logical Harmony published the post Animal Testing and China which tried to give an overview of when products are and are not required to be tested on animals. Several readers and bloggers reached out with questions about the sale of fully packaged goods into China. Most wanted to know, “are products imported into China tested on animals?”. Being unable to find any additional information, I asked my friends at Humane Society International for their input.

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