CFI Clarifies Cosmetics Pilot For Animal Testing-Free China Entry
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Cruelty Free International CEO Michelle Thew aims to set the record straight following reports that might seem to refute the NGO’s earlier statements about the program. Ultimately the “tightly controlled” pathway to China’s cosmetics market remains a promising opportunity for companies that have shied from taking the plunge for fear of tarnishing their animal-friendly creds.
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Regulatory changes under consideration could bring Chinese cosmetics requirements more in line with global standards, but others could complicate matters for companies that have avoided animal testing via cross-border e-commerce. While much remains hazy, it's clear that industry would benefit from China's increased openness to alternative tests to substantiate cosmetic safety.
NGO proponents’ apparent intention is to bar companies from testing new cosmetic ingredients on animals, limiting them to existing ingredients or alternative testing methods. However, draft legislation advancing in California could pose big problems for even the most committed cruelty-free brands.
NGO has partnered with Shanghai-based consultancy Knudsen&Co, with the support of Chinese authorities, for a pilot program to shepherd foreign cruelty-free companies through the country’s registration process for non-special-use cosmetics without animal testing.