“Effective Jan. 1, 2021, imported ordinary cosmetics such as shampoo, blusher, mascara and perfume may no longer have to be animal tested for eye and skin irritation in Chinese laboratories,” said Human Society International Friday.
Ordinary cosmetics make up the bulk of personal care products imported into China, as opposed to special cosmetics–for instance, those used for hair and skin coloring, perming, sun protection, anti-hair loss, children’s products and cosmetics claiming new effects. The latter will still require animal testing in China.
Sources say the new regulations are not yet written in stone–there is a public consultation process and fine-print to be released on how companies can file and meet criteria to forgo the testing — but they provide an important framework.
“The signals are very strong, there’s no reason to believe we’re not on that trajectory,” said Humane Society International’s Troy Seidle, the vice president of research and toxicology. “All the language is encouraging.”