China’s animal testing ban on cosmetics expected to spark flurry of new beauty entrants

By Becky Bargh | Published: 11-Mar-2021

From 1 May, ‘ordinary’ cosmetics will be allowed to sell in the country without being subject to controversial animal testing

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In a long-awaited move, China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has announced that all imported ‘ordinary’ cosmetics will be exempt from animal testing from 1 May.

‘Ordinary’ cosmetics are products defined as those that do not have active claims, such as anti-ageing or anti-acne.

Brands will now be allowed to sell their products in the market as long as they provide a safety assessment and are made under Good Manufacturing Practice conditions.

The move, which has been toyed with for the last

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