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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!

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...

Skin whitening in India gathers pace

11-Oct-2016 - As the Indian skin-whitening market focuses on beauty-enhancing claims around health, David Tyrrell, Global Analyst at Mintel says “brands need to take the ethical high-ground when talking about fairer skin...

Animal testing: inquiry launched into EU bodies' statement

07-Oct-2016 - In light of the recent EU court ruling that there are to be ‘no exceptions’ to the animal testing ban on cosmetics, an inquiry has been launched into the official,...

New skin care actives and pigments launch

06-Oct-2016 - Azelis and Tagra Biotechnologies team up to launch skin care actives and pigments in India, Australia and New Zealand.

What does pollution mean for your skin?

06-Oct-2016 - This is the question in-cosmetics Asia 2016’s New Spotlight On feature will examine when it will display a range of anti-pollution products and the latest innovative ingredients helping to redress...

China cuts cosmetics consumption tax

04-Oct-2016 - China has reduced or removed consumption tax on all cosmetic products in a bid to help improve slowed economic growth.

Shiseido bulks up its cyber security

30-Sep-2016 - International beauty giant Shiseido is investing in its cyber defenses, and has appointed UK-based security firm Centrify to provide secure functionality for accessing its global systems.

ISO 16128 and national standards set to create global consistency

28-Sep-2016 - As the natural and organic cosmetics market remains fragmented yet in a state of rapid growth, the ISO 16128, along with national standards, aim to provide consumers with transparency and confidence.

Nu Skin settles SEC prob

27-Sep-2016 - The global anti-aging and skin care products maker has reached an agreement with the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a probe into the company’s charitable contribution in China....

Taiwan approves new draft revisions to cosmetic safety law

21-Sep-2016 - Taiwan’s new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cabinet has recently approved a comprehensive list of draft revisions for Taiwan's cosmetics law.

India set to reduce restrictions on cosmetic imports

20-Sep-2016 - The Indian government is expected to imminently announce its removal of research trials for foreign cosmetics to help with the flow of imported goods.

Bulldog speaks out in support of UK microbead ban

14-Sep-2016 - Bulldog for Men, British male grooming brand, has been one of the first to speak out in strong terms in favour of the ban announced on microbeads in the UK,...

Microbeads: UK government announces ban

06-Sep-2016 - Just days after a parliamentary committee released a review in favour of a ban in the UK, the government has announced any personal care products containing microplastic will be prohibited...

OECD approval given to animal testing alternative in Japan

06-Sep-2016 - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has given approval to an animal testing alternative for cosmetic product allergies for use by Kao and Shiseido.

P&G wins court battle with Chinese-competitor over Whitestrips

31-Aug-2016 - Procter & Gamble has won a U.S. federal court battle with a Chinese-competitor over infringements to its patents for Crest Whitestrips.

Greenpeace East Asia reports positive response on microbeads

30-Aug-2016 - Following a report that outlined many of the multinational players had made little concrete commitment to eradicating microbeads, a number of multinationals break their silence.

India’s first cow sanctuary aims to produce cosmetic ingredients

30-Aug-2016 - A 472 hectare cow sanctuary has been given the go ahead in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar-Malwa district, and could be put to use to make cosmetics derived from the waste of...

China FDA clarifies new sunscreen labelling rules

24-Aug-2016 - After CFDA recently unveiled new guidelines for the labelling of Sun Protection Factors (SPFs). Now the Chinese authorities have moved to clarify the measures after some confusion arose.

A look at the regulatory issues affecting APAC in 2016

23-Aug-2016 - As Asia’s cosmetics markets continue to evolve with considerable speed, changes and updates to regulation and safety guidelines are happening just as fast. Here, we’ve rounded up the most noteworthy...

Discussions at East Asia Summit focus on non-tariffs for cosmetics

10-Aug-2016 - Trade tariffs are a huge topic of conversation worldwide these days, and the recent East Asia Summit (EAS) focused on worldwide protectionism for a variety of industries, including cosmetics.

Vietnamese authorities crack down on substandard cosmetics

03-Aug-2016 - The Drug Administration of Vietnam has carried out an investigation throughout the country that has led to the withdrawal of a number of cosmetics brands deemed to be of low...

Purchase limits by Korean customs may damage cosmetics sales

03-Aug-2016 - Limits imposed by South Korea’s customs authorities on how much local cosmetics can be bought in duty free stores are set to damage the outlook for the industry.

European Commission gives nod to nano titanium dioxide as UV filter

26-Jul-2016 - The European Commission has confirmed an amendment to the list of accepted ultraviolet (UV) filters will now include nano-sized titanium dioxide.

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