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Understanding China’s Animal Testing Laws

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Guide-to-China-Animal-Testing-Laws

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!

83 Responses
  • Milena Krecisz
    June 6, 2017

    Hi Vicky,
    Thank you so much for this post! I have come across it when creating my own post about animal testing in china. I have borrowed your amazing info graphic to add to my post as it makes the understanding so much easier. I”ll link to your website but please do let me know if don’t wish me to copy it.

    Thanks for helping animals 🙂
    Milena
    http;//milenakrecisz.com

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2017

      Hi Milena!
      Thank you so much for asking!! Yes! You can definitely share the infographic image to your readers =) just as long as you please link it back to this post! Thank YOU for being a voice for the voiceless <3

  • Marie McGurk
    June 4, 2017

    Hi Vicky

    I’m still a little confused?
    so if i buy a cruelty free brand in England and the label states made or produced in China
    is it still cruelty free?

    • Milena Krecisz
      June 6, 2017

      Hey! As long as this product is not sold in China then animal testing shouldn’t be required

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2017

      Yes, exactly what Milena said is true. It’s only an issue if the products are SOLD in China. If you’re buying a cruelty-free brand in England but they say that they make or produce their products overseas in China, BUT they don’t distribute or sell in China… then they’re still cruelty-free.

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