China Changes Policy on Cosmetics Products that were Tested on Animals
China plans to changes several product regulations that will allow the sale of several brands of cosmetics even without the requirement of its being tested on animals. This means that the new regulations will open the market for international firms that were opposed to the practice of using cosmetics products on animals.
According to the China Food and Drug Administration the potential changes on non specialized cosmetics that are manufactured in china from shampoo, nail products, soaps and skin products are now allowed from starting June next year without going through animal testing. These will now allow firms that don’t practice animal testing to penetrate the Chinese cosmetics market. The proposal states that non specialized cosmetics can avoid doing toxicological testing when doing safety checks which include animal testing.
All imported and special cosmetics that are made in China are not covered by the planned changes. These specialized creams are deodorants, bleaching products, hair dye and growth formulas and sun screens. Animal protection organization Cruelty Free International said that animal testing is legal on 80 percent of the world and China is the only country which requires that the product will be tested on animals.
Previous regulations have required all cosmetic products to undergo a long approval process including animal testing which reduce the variety of products for sale. Europe have started banned the sale of any cosmetics that were tested on animals and is also asking the United States and China to banned those products as well.