The Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté, also known as the FEBEA, has announced that France will be the first country in the EU to be able to export “ordinary” cosmetics to China without animal testing.
How can they do this? China changed their rules.
On January 11th, Chinese authorities published the final cosmetics regulations framework which includes no longer requiring animal testing on “ordinary ” cosmetic products.
To place an ‘ordinary’ product on the Chinese market you now have to only produce a certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices. These are issued by the competent authorities of their country of origin.
Manufactures will also have to undergo a product safety assessment.
These changes are set to be implemented on the 1st of May.
But what exactly are ‘ordinary’ beauty products ?
It may be easier to answer which products aren’t ‘ordinary’. Any products used for hair colouring, perming, and hair loss are not ‘ordinary. Also, sun protection and children’s products are not considered ‘ordinary’.
But why is this such a big deal?
This is a huge win for animal welfare group, who have been seeking to change China’s stance on animal testing for years.
It also opens up the market, allowing Chinese consumers to use French beauty brands and expands the growth of the cruelty-free movement.
“We are delighted with this progress, which rewards several years of efforts made with the Chinese authorities,” Patrick O’Quin, President of the FEBEA, commented.
The cosmetics sector is the only one to have completely banned animal testing in Europe, and we are happy to continue to develop regulations in other parts of the world. This agreement will also allow French cosmetic companies to export under new conditions to China. This country is today our second trading partner.”
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