China Focused On Animal Alternatives Acceptance At Critical Time
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
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.
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