China’s Food and Drug Administration said this week that it plans to remove its mandatory animal testing requirements for certain cosmetics products manufactured within its own borders after June 2014, prompting two major U.S. groups to call the move a winning one for the American beauty industry.
Under the new ruling, Chinese companies producing “non-special use cosmetics” such as shampoo or perfume will have the option to substantiate product safety, using existing safety data for raw ingredients or European Union-validated non-animal tests instead of having to submit product samples to the Chinese government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats. The ruling does not apply to products that fall into the “special use” categories, which include hair regrowth, removal, dye and permanent wave products; antiperspirant, slimming and sunscreen.
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