China and cosmetics: less animal testing in sight

In 2012, PETA was able to show that some previously animal-free companies had started to market their products in China and to have the animal tests required by the Chinese authorities carried out approvingly.

For such experiments, hundreds of thousands of animals are tortured every year in cruel, fatal poisoning tests in which substances are forcibly administered to them, chemicals are applied to their skin, or chemicals are dripped into their eyes.

The latest developments in China in animal testing for cosmetic products give hope for great animal-friendly improvements.

The Chinese government is now taking new steps and easing its requirements for cosmetic tests on animals.

In detail, it looks as if China will soon no longer require animal testing for imported cosmetics in the “Non-Special Use” category (e.g. shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, make-up) so that these products can be marketed in China.

In January of this year, a long-awaited new draft of the so-called Cosmetic Supervision and Regulation (CSAR), China’s outdated cosmetics regulation, was drawn up.

The final publication for implementation was delayed due to COVID-19, but the final draft has now been published and is currently being analyzed.

If it is passed, it would be possible in the future to market many imported cosmetic products in China that have not been tested on animals.

That would be a huge step forward and save countless animals from cruel experiments!

Unfortunately, however, it does not mean that animal testing is no longer carried out in China at all.

Companies that manufacture products in the “Special-Use” category must continue to have animal tests carried out for marketing in China, which means that animal tests are still required for these products – regardless of where the products were made.

This category includes special cosmetic products such as hair dyes, perm products, whitening products, sunscreens, or hair loss agents.

The passing of the CSAR would be a very important milestone, but the suffering of the animals would not end there and countless animals would still need our help.


And I mean… Companies that want to export cosmetics to China have to accept animal testing.

Without registration with the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration), customs clearance is not possible – and therefore no market entry.

This regulation is now to be relaxed.
In addition, the Chinese government has approved two new cruelty-free testing methods

We are really happy.

Of course, there is still no ban on testing cosmetic products on animals, but at least and with the new regulation, companies can now officially decide freely whether to use methods that do not involve animal suffering

The animal rights organization Cruelty-Free International (CFI) sees this as a very important step.
It remains to be seen whether China will abandon animal testing for cosmetics altogether.

That would eventually increase China’s sales, because the many cosmetics companies that don’t want to sell their products there, for this reason, would do it again.


My best regards to all, Venus


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