The world’s second-largest beauty is set to join countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Sweden in banning microbeads in cosmetics. According to Chemical Watch, China plans to ban the production of cosmetics with microbeads by December 31, 2020, and the sale of existing inventory to be prohibited by December 31, 2022.
The Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog, prepared by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, disseminated the information on the ban. While the catalog carries its own legal force, ministries and local government traditionally prepare separate regulations based on the guidance.
This follows indications that China is also easing some of its requirements on animal testing. Animal testing is bound to be a contentious issue going forward. While the government is making efforts to move away from animal testing, it will take some time to get the technology and awareness up to speed.
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