China Coming Around To Animal Test Alternatives, Cruelty Free Says
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
China revised its cosmetics regulations last year to allow domestic ordinary-use cosmetic manufacturers to substantiate safety without use of animal tests, and in many cases the exemption is being extended to importers, according to Cruelty Free International's Director of Policy Nick Palmer. He says cosmetics that are bottled or packaged in the country are being considered domestics exempt from animal-testing requirements under a "liberal interpretation" of the regulation.
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