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Cruelty Free International has welcomed the decision by the Chinese Government to review its regulations for cosmetics testing, and is submitting proposals to enable companies to market cosmetics in China without testing on animals.


Cruelty Free International has been discussing the issue with Chinese authorities since last year, when the organization put forward alternatives to animal testing to participants at the first conference on the issue in Beijing. Further discussions were held this year by Cruelty Free international’s Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, at the Beijing Institute for Food and Drug Quality Control, and he pressed the case in a presentation at a Chinese conference on cosmetics innovation in Shanghai.


China’s position has been that the authorities have no objection in principle to accepting alternatives, but a period of training and validation was needed. The Chinese authorities have now invited input from industry and other interested parties in a review of cosmetics regulation this month, with new proposals expected by the end of the year.



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