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Animal testing in cosmetics in China is a major talking point, and many international brands have had to postpone their expansion on the region due to conflicting values.

If you want to know about the progress of alternative testing methods or stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements in Asia's many markets, we've got you covered!

New Zealand moves forward with ban on microbeads

17-Jan-2017 - Nick Smith, New Zealand’s Minister for the Environment has announced the country’s plans to ban the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads.

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Palm oil usage part II: Thinking beyond the RSPO

11-Jan-2017 - In the second part of our interview with Alexis Maisonet, Marketing Analyst and R&D Innovation Technician at Bentley Labs, we spoke about the short and long-term implications of continuing to...

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Palm oil usage part I: Its impact on the environment

10-Jan-2017 - As the use of palm oil remains commonplace in the cosmetics industry, we spoke to Alexis Maisonet, Marketing Analyst and R&D Innovation Technician at Bentley Labs about the damaging effects...

PCHi China 2017 trade show turns 10

09-Jan-2017 - The 2017 Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) trade show has launched several new platforms as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Animal testing restrictions and alternative methods move forward in 2017

04-Jan-2017 - Korea will become the next country in the APAC region to ban animal testing in cosmetics, while India further supports its decision by advocating non-animal alternative tests.

Trade in China: E-commerce policy implementation update

19-Dec-2016 - As China’s Cross-border E-commerce (CBEC) grace period is extended until 2017, we take a look at how China’s policies may impact cosmetic e-commerce purchases.

China’s cosmetics production license deadline approaches

14-Dec-2016 - Chinese cosmetics manufacturers must exchange or obtain a Cosmetic Production License before 31st December 2016 to continue manufacturing activities.

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The evolution of the halal trend part II: Indonesia leads innovation

13-Dec-2016 - In the second part of our article with Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst at Mintel, we spoke about the growing popularity of halal products and...

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The evolution of the halal trend part I: Creating new target markets

12-Dec-2016 - As the number of facial skin care products with Halal claims in APAC continues to rise steadily, we asked Sharon Kwek, Senior Beauty and Personal Care Innovation and Insight Analyst...

China’s Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics now in full effect

06-Dec-2016 - The Safety and Technical Standards for Cosmetics (STSC) came into full effect on 1st December, prohibiting the manufacture and import of any cosmetics that do not comply with the STSC...

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Sustainability goals for 2017 and beyond part II: improving environmental and social impact

05-Dec-2016 - As APAC companies develop sustainability targets that make both an environmental and social difference in 2017, we spoke to Amarjit Sahota, Director of Organic Monitor about the cosmetics industry's key concerns...

Are P&G and Unilever using child labor to source palm oil for personal care and cosmetic products? Amnesty International says ‘yes’

30-Nov-2016 - The human rights NGO released a new report today calling out nine multinational corporations that Amnesty found to be buying oil from a company with documented child labor, as well...

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Sustainability goals for 2017 and beyond part I: resources and ethical labelling

30-Nov-2016 - As the latest Sustainable Cosmetics Summit took place earlier this month, in this two-part article we discuss with Amarjit Sahota, Director of Organic Monitor, the key sustainability topics on the cosmetics agenda...

China restricts Korean K-beauty influence

28-Nov-2016 - Distribution agreements and commercial relationships between China and South Korea’s cosmetics, beauty and personal industries have suffered a significant setback as China imposes stricter broadcasting rules.

Korean National Assembly Forum highlights alternative testing methods

23-Nov-2016 - Humane Society International is holding an Assembly Forum in Korea to emphasise the importance of “supporting advancing science without suffering”.

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PETA praises China’s non-animal cosmetics testing decision

08-Nov-2016 - As China announces that it has accepted the first completely non-animal cosmetics test, we spoke to Amanda Nordstrom, who is involved with PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies programme on what this...

Personal care brands prepare for in-cosmetics Asia 2016

08-Nov-2016 - in-cosmetics Asia 2016 is set to reveal the latest trends to dominate the Asia-Pacific (APAC) marketplace and will highlight what the personal care and ingredients sectors can expect to see...

Taiwan votes to ban cosmetics animal testing

02-Nov-2016 - Following India and South Korea’s decisions to become the first Asian nation to ban animal testing on cosmetics, Taiwan has also voted to end cosmetics animal testing.

Cosmoprof Asia 2016 launches the World Asia Forum

01-Nov-2016 - This year, the renowned cosmetics event will introduce the World Asia Forum, its 2016 educational programme. 

Strong R&D developments expected for halal cosmetics

27-Oct-2016 - As the halal cosmetics trend remains prominent within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, the upcoming in-cosmetics Asia event in Bangkok will explore the growing halal cosmetic products market and how it...

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Targeted delivery systems improve active ingredient applications part II

26-Oct-2016 - As active ingredients are targeted to specific skin cells that help to maximise the appearance of skin, companies are investing in sophisticated marketing campaigns to explain complex systems.

Refined glycogen helps avoid harmful effects of sun exposure

26-Oct-2016 - A recent study shows that a newly-refined glycogen product supports the sun care and skin care damage prevention market by alleviating cell degradation and aging effects on the skin.

Japan bans 19 ingredients used in medicated soaps

20-Oct-2016 - Following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision that antibacterial wash manufacturers must ban 19 ingredients from their products within one year, Japan has announced it has already put...

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How Pollution Protection is transforming APAC cosmetics Part I

19-Oct-2016 - As consumers are increasingly searching for ways to protect their skin from pollution, we spoke to Christina Ho, Regional Skin Care Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific at cosmetics manufacturer Croda...

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Strict selection process leads anti-pollution skin care development

13-Oct-2016 - As consumers become increasingly aware and concerned about the effect pollution has on the skin, we speak to Alain Khaiat, President at Seers Consulting who gives us the latest on...

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