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Understanding China’s Animal Testing Laws

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Cosmetics sold or made in China have been under scrutiny by shoppers worldwide as China remains to be one of the last country that requires cosmetics to be tested on animals. In June 2014, compassionate consumers were thrilled to hear that China finally made some changes to their animal testing requirements.

With these changes, 10,000 animals a year will be saved from being tested on! (Horray!) However the changes also created a lot of confusion about whether companies making or selling their products in China should be considered cruelty-free.

To help you better understand China’s current animal testing laws, I’ve created this infographic to clarify if a product needs to be tested on animals as required by China’s laws or not.

Guide to Understanding China's Animal Testing Laws 2016

*INFOGRAPHIC UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016. You’re welcome to share the infographic but please do not edit, crop, or change original image.

As noted on Humane Society’s website, here is a short version of the state of cosmetic animal testing laws in China today:

1. Foreign imported ordinary cosmetics – still require animal testing
2. Domestically produced ordinary* cosmetics – animal testing no longer an absolute requirement
3. Both foreign imported and domestically produced ‘special use’** cosmetics – still require animal testing
4. Domestically produced ordinary cosmetics for foreign export only – have never required animal testing
5. Any cosmetic bought in China via a foreign e-commerce website – has never required animal testing.

*Ordinary cosmetics include make up, fragrances, skin, hair and nail care products.

**Special use cosmetics include hair dyes, perms and hair growth products, deodorants, sunscreens, skin-whitening creams, and other products that make a functional claim on the label.

If you want more information, check out HSI’s website and FAQ.

Thank you Humane Society’s Be Cruelty Free campaign and for all of the hard work they’ve done to help animals in need! Be sure to sign the global pledge and #BeCrueltyFree!

84 Responses
  • Alyluvu (alyssa)
    November 30, 2017

    Thank you so much for this article! I’m writing a persuasive essay for the end of animal testing, this really helped me make a real world connection of how and where it’s still used. I love Ethical Elephant a lot, thanks lots for your contribution to a kinder world, definitely inspires me. (though hope something would help my terrible spelling some day cx)

  • Elaine
    November 15, 2017

    Hi Vicky,
    I’m a student and I’m currently working on a school project about animal testing. I’d really like to use your infographic because a) I tried to make my own, it completely failed and b) it explains China’s animal testing laws really well. However, since its from 2016 and, according to other sites, the laws have changed since then, I was wondering if I could please edit it to match today’s laws? Thanks so much!

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