In countries such as China (mainland) regulations require that most imported cosmetic products must undergo animal testing prior to being sold retail to consumers. For the animals in question this means a miserable and often shortened existence as these products are tested in the name of safety regulations.

 

In 2016, the Chinese government proposed introducing major changes during 2017 to the product registration requirements for cosmetic products sold via cross border e-commerce. This was ominous for the laboratory animals as it would mean even more products would be animal-tested, even if they were sold via e-commerce channels. Thankfully, we were advised that the government temporarily halted its plans to introduce the changes in 2017.
 

Imported products can continue to be direct mailed by foreign companies to consumers in the Chinese mainland for personal use with no animal testing requirement. Imported products can be sent to Hong Kong by foreign companies, then an agent there can direct mail to consumers in the Chinese mainland for personal use, with no animal testing requirement. Hong Kong still has no mandatory animal testing regulations for e-commerce or retail.

WORLDWIDE COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING LAWS

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CHINA

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In countries such as China (mainland) regulations require that most imported cosmetic products must undergo animal testing prior to being sold retail to consumers. For the animals in question this means a miserable and often shortened existence as these products are tested in the name of safety regulations.

 

In 2016, the Chinese government proposed introducing major changes during 2017 to the product registration requirements for cosmetic products sold via cross border e-commerce. This was ominous for the laboratory animals as it would mean even more products would be animal-tested, even if they were sold via e-commerce channels. Thankfully, we were advised that the government temporarily halted its plans to introduce the changes in 2017.
 

Imported products can continue to be direct mailed by foreign companies to consumers in the Chinese mainland for personal use with no animal testing requirement. Imported products can be sent to Hong Kong by foreign companies, then an agent there can direct mail to consumers in the Chinese mainland for personal use, with no animal testing requirement. Hong Kong still has no mandatory animal testing regulations for e-commerce or retail.

AUSTRALIA

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