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July 03, 2020 - Scoop Independent News

China Ends Animal Testing For Imported 'Ordinary' Cosmetics In Game-Changer For Cruelty-Free Beauty

China Ends Animal Testing For Imported 'Ordinary' Cosmetics In Game-Changer For Cruelty-Free Beauty
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Humane Society International says move will spare many thousands of animals.

In a move applauded by global animal protection leader Humane Society International, China's State Council has finalised regulations that significantly modernise cosmetic safety assessment, allowing removal of the longstanding requirement to animal test all imported ordinary cosmetics, a practice which in the past has consumed in the order of 100,000 rabbits each year.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, imported ordinary cosmetics such as shampoo, blusher, mascara and perfume will no longer have to be animal tested for eye and skin irritation in Chinese laboratories. Ordinary cosmetics make up the bulk of personal care products imported to China; so-called "special” cosmetics will still require animal testing.

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