Na­tion re­con­sid­ers test­ing cos­met­ics on an­i­mals

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

In China, all im­ported cos­met­ics prod­ucts are sub­ject to manda­tory tests that use an­i­mals, but now the coun­try is con­sid­er­ing ways to re­duce test­ing cos­met­ics on an­i­mals.

The China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued a draft last month re­lated to changes in the reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing of cos­met­ics, fol­low­ing a ban on the sale of cos­met­ics de­vel­oped through an­i­mal test­ing from the Euro­pean Union in March.

The draft stated that cos­met­ics made from in­gre­di­ents that have al­ready been tested and clas­si­fied as safe will be ex­empt from an­i­mal test­ing.

Even though the draft reg­u­la­tion, set to come into force in June, does not ap­ply to cos­met­ics man­u­fac­tured out­side the Chi­nese main­land, it has been hailed as a break­through by an­i­mal rights groups. (Photo 1)

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