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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!

83 Responses
  • Khalida
    August 10, 2017

    Dear Vicky, thank you for the article. I saw someone asking the question “Why it is mandated in China to test on animals?” Would you please share your view?

  • Niviya Vas
    July 12, 2017

    Hi Vicky,

    This is such a great blog, and the infographic makes it so simple to understand the Chinese laws on animal testing.
    Would you be okay with my sharing the infographic with a link to this page on my blog? I have co-started a cruelty-free blog for brands available in India, and would love to be able to educate readers with this piece.

    • Vicky Ly
      July 12, 2017

      Hey Niviya,
      Glad to hear you found the infographic helpful! Yes, you can totally share it with your readers. All I ask is to please don’t make any adjustments, modify, or crop the image and credit this page with a link =)

      • Niviya Vas
        November 1, 2017

        Thank you so much, Vicky! I definitely will not alter the image in any manner, and will give appropriate credit to this page. 🙂
        (Sorry it took so long to respond!)

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