China’s Cosmetic Animal-Testing Exemption 'Not Yet A Terribly Meaningful Solution' – PCPC
The Personal Care Products Council’s Francine Lamoriello, EVP of global strategies, discusses shortcomings of a proposed animal-testing exemption for imported general cosmetics under a key implementing regulation drafted for China’s new cosmetics oversight framework.
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As expected, the National Medical Products Administration has issued four draft subsidiary regulations in rapid succession since publishing China’s new, finalized framework regulation for cosmetic products at the end of June. The documents include Technical Guidelines for Cosmetic Safety Assessment, a topic on which industry has been eagerly awaiting clarity.
China’s newly adopted Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation could mean less animal testing and speedier approval of new ingredients, according to Francine Lamoriello of the Personal Care Products Council. Coming implementing regulations, standards and guidances should help to provide needed clarity, she says.
Reportedly, there would be stipulations for animal-testing waivers, including possession of a Quality Management System certificate, but generally the draft measures should inspire optimism in animal-welfare and industry corners alike.