The French beauty federation Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté (FEBEA) released information that France will be the first country in the EU to be able to export “ordinary” cosmetics to China without animal testing. which brands and animal welfare groups have been seeking for years.
On January 11, Chinese authorities published the final cosmetics regulations framework which includes no longer requiring animal testing on “ordinary ” cosmetic products imported into China before they are placed on the market on the condition that manufacturers present a certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices, issued by the competent authorities of their country of origin, as well as a product safety assessment. The implementation date is set for May 1.
Ordinary cosmetics make up the bulk of beauty products imported into China. Special cosmetics are considered those used for hair coloring, perming, and hair loss along with sun protection and children’s products.
“We are delighted with this progress, which rewards several years of efforts made with the Chinese authorities,” Patrick O’Quin, President of the FEBEA, commented. The cosmetics sector is the only one to have completely banned animal testing in Europe, and we are happy to continue to develop regulations in other parts of the world. This agreement will also allow French cosmetic companies to export under new conditions to China. This country is today our second trading partner. “
Many brands have chosen to do business in the Chinese market through cross-border e-commerce as a way to bypass animal testing requirements. The decision could accelerate the growth of French beauty brands, especially those committed to their cruelty-free positioning.
ANSM (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products) in France will issue the certificate to manufacturers through a dedicated online platform.
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