Bioderma (NAOS)

Last Updated: June 20, 2022

Is Bioderma (NAOS) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Bioderma is a French brand, best known for its micellar cleansing water and skincare products targeted for sensitive skin but is Bioderma cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Ethical Analysis

Is Bioderma cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Bioderma’s policies.
Bioderma is NOT Cruelty-Free. Bioderma engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Yes, Bioderma sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Bioderma does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Bioderma engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Bioderma to be vegan anyways.

Bioderma (NAOS)

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Bioderma is NOT Cruelty-Free!

Bioderma allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.

In addition, Bioderma is owned by NAOS, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.

Bioderma’s Animal Testing Policy

On Bioderma’s website, they state their parent company, NAOS’s animal testing policy where NAOS claims they adhere to the regulations and do not perform animal testing in the development of their products.

However, as you continue to read their animal testing statement, it’s stated that the company sells its products in China and “respects local regulations.” — where “the Chinese authorities carry out additional tests in Chinese state laboratories on a random basis” and they have no handle on this.

That’s because cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.

See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Bioderma’s website:

Is Bioderma Cruelty-Free?

Is Bioderma Sold in China?

Yes. Bioderma states their products are commercialized on the Chinese market.

In addition, I found Bioderma’s Chinese website which also proves the brand is selling in China.

Bioderma Confirms Selling in China - NOT CRUELTY-FREE
Bioderma products are sold in China where animal testing is still required by law

I also emailed Bioderma asking if they sell their cosmetics in China. Bioderma responded and confirmed their cosmetics are indeed sold in China stating,

“Thank you for your interest in Bioderma.

For the development of its cosmetics products, Bioderma does not test on animals. In addition, every product respects a rigorous formulation chart, guaranteeing the greatest dermatological security.

Bioderma sells certain products in China and we can assure you that they have not been tested on animals and never will be.

However, the Chinese authorities can decide, on their own, to test beauty products themselves before allowing them to be sold in their country. But we don’t interfere in any way in the process and this is under no circumstances our will, in our values or our responsibility.”

But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?

As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.

NAOS and Bioderma also state this in their animal testing statement:

“Currently, China is completely revamping their Cosmetic regulations and the nearly final CSAR (Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation) provides that products with a compliant Safety Assessment – very close to the European standard – will not require animal testing anymore.

We are confident that soon, our Safety Assessments will be sufficient in the sight of the Chinese authorities to completely eliminate their need to randomly test our products on animals.”

Notice how they say, “we are confident that soon, our Safety Assessments will be sufficient” — this is definitely a step in the right direction. And I’m glad to hear that Bioderma and NAOS acknowledge that their Safety Assessments will meet China’s standards, but unfortunately, it’s not enough to qualify their cosmetics to be exempt from animal testing in China at this time.

Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like Bioderma and NAOS) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.

Because Bioderma has decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.

Although Bioderma may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.

For those reasons, we would not consider Bioderma to be cruelty-free by our standards.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Bioderma refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties, including when required by law.

See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since Bioderma already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is Bioderma Certified Cruelty-Free?

Bioderma is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Because Bioderma is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Bioderma’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is Bioderma Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. Bioderma is owned by NAOS, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, Bioderma is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, NAOS.

Is Bioderma Cruelty-Free?

To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Bioderma must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider Bioderma to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, Bioderma is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Bioderma Vegan?

Bioderma does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Bioderma engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Bioderma to be vegan anyways.

“However, some of our products contain ingredients of animal origin, such as beehive products like royal jelly or propolis from the beehive or marine plankton. For each of these ingredients, we make sure of the perfect traceability, the responsible and ethical character of the supply chains and check their quality, their reproducibility, and their purity. To complete these requirements, we do not use any raw material that comes from animal or plant species protected by the Washington Convention (CITES) or that have caused the death of an animal.”

In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Bioderma

Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Bioderma:

Or check out our list of cruelty-free & vegan micellar cleansing water!


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