Animal rights organization, Cruelty Free International (CFI) is working with Chinese authorities to remove animal testing requirements for some imported beauty product categories. These policy changes will open the China market to international beauty brands that prohibit animal testing for their products.
This announcement comes after the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has already dropped mandatory animal testing requirements for domestically-made daily chemical products and cosmetics that are categorized as “non-special purpose” products. Since June, 2014, CFDA has accepted existing raw materials safety testing data or non-animal testing data approved by the European Union in place of previously required animal testing data. Cosmetics for “special purposes” include products used for hair care, hair coloring, hair permanents, depilation, breast beautification, body building, deodorant, freckle removal, and sun block. Apart from these two categories, CFDA continues to require animal testing for all other imported cosmetics.
According to Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, Chinese consumers are increasingly looking for these beauty brands that prohibit animal testing. At the same time, these brands also are eager to enter the China market. “We will exert more effort to help international beauty brands that require no animal testing to crack the Chinese market. This a revolutionary step for protecting animals, meeting consumer needs, and for beauty product companies that require no animal tests,” Thew added.
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