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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 consumer app ranks brands according to ethical practices

23-Nov-2015 - Good On You is set to be a global cross-industry resource for conscientious shoppers. It’s grading fashion brands now and will rate cosmetics and personal care companies in 2016. 

EU sets guidelines on labelling cosmetics from Israeli settlement; Israel condemns decision

13-Nov-2015 - The European Commission has issued new guidelines that mean that cosmetics made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land sold in EU member states must now have clear...

Lush's cheeky campaign falls foul of Australian advertising watchdog

05-Nov-2015 - Labelled as 'pornographic' and 'offensive' by the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau, a recent campaign by beauty brand Lush has been pulled from stores.

Japan's feeling the heat to follow EU ethics on animal testing

29-Oct-2015 - Although Japanese law does not require most cosmetics to undergo animal testing - it is not prohibited and the government is really feeling the pressure to introduce the same regulatory...

Scientists claim 'iPS technology' turns back the clock on ageing by 30 years

29-Oct-2015 - Kosé's pluripotent stem (iPS) cells research could lead to the future of made-to-order rejuvenating skin care products as its scientists aim to reverse the skin cellular damage due to ageing....

New Recommendation

Cosmetics Europe makes recommendation to cease microbead use

21-Oct-2015 - The Personal Care Association has issued a recommendation for cosmetics and personal care manufacturers to discontinue the use of plastic microbeads in their wash off products in order to stop...

CIRS summit to give update on chemical regulations in Asia

13-Oct-2015 - To help the industry get to grips with the latest personal care policies, CIRS is holding a summit on chemical regulatory updates in China, Korea, Japan, Europe, Australia, North America, Thailand and...

Singapore consumers speak out against 'unsustainable production processes'

08-Oct-2015 - Numerous consumers in Singapore have pledged to boycott companies involved in unsustainable production processes, particularly those sourcing palm oil in the region.

Japan to 'streamline' regulation on cosmetics imports

06-Oct-2015 - Japan's Cosmetic Importers Association has announced its intention to abolish the current import notification system for cosmetics to speed up the process for international players.

CIRS clears up 'poor understanding' of baby toiletry guidelines

30-Sep-2015 - Since the implementation of the Guideline in 2013, less than 100 non-special use baby care toiletry imports were permitted into China by the CFDA. CIRS reckons this is down to...

D.C. ban on microbeads proposes strict fines

28-Sep-2015 - The District of Columbia has taken one of the strictest stances on state-wide proposals to ban mircobeads in personal care products.

L’Oréal withdraws hair wax to maintain trust with Danish consumers

25-Sep-2015 - L’Oréal has withdrawn its Kerastase K Short Mania hair wax line from the market after a new test from The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals claimed that it contains polyaminopropyl...

Vietnam government clamps down on cosmetics made from endangered wildlife

24-Sep-2015 - Growing demand for herbal and medicinal-based cosmetics has prompted the government’s Ministry of Health to clamp down on the use of ingredients made from rare or endangered wildlife.

CFDA issues THIRD draft of technical safety standard for cosmetics

02-Sep-2015 - The China FDA is seeking public opinion on cosmetics safety for the third time since 2012, which contains new requirements for the control of Pb, As, Cd, 1,4-Dioxane. 

Danish Consumer Council claims potential allergens and EDCs in body care products

26-Aug-2015 - According to two new surveys carried out on personal care products in Denmark, the country’s Consumer Council says that one in four body lotions contain allergens or endocrine disruptors (EDCs),...

EcoWaste Coalition calls for crackdown on fake cosmetics in the Philippines

19-Aug-2015 - The EcoWaste Coalition Project has called for the Philippines government to crack down on counterfeit whitening creams being sold in Guadalupe.

EC bans eyebrow enhancer in Bulgaria labelling benzalkonium chloride levels as ‘serious risk’

11-Aug-2015 - The European Commission has banned an eyebrow enhancer from being sold in Bulgaria after finding that it does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation as it contains high levels...

China FDA submits 'revised draft' on the supervision of cosmetics

05-Aug-2015 - In an effort to bring regulations more in line with Western standards, the CFDA has submitted a revised draft of the supervision and management of cosmetics to the State Council. ...

China considers regulating 'oral care' as cosmetics

29-Jul-2015 - China's State Council has sought public opinion on whether it should include oral care products in cosmetics regulations. A move experts say could affect the regulation, circulation and promotion of the...

China considers official ban on cosmetics ads found to have ‘exaggerated claims’

23-Jul-2015 - China's Legislative Affairs Office has published a draft document in which it states it is considering an official ban on any cosmetics advertisements with 'exaggerated claims'.

Thailand’s FDA warns about counterfeit Korean cosmetics

22-Jul-2015 - According to Thailand's FDA, more than 1,000 counterfeit cosmetics brands have been found in the country under false licence numbers, claiming to be skin lighteners from South Korea.

SCCS advises concentration limit of MI in cosmetics should be lowered

15-Jul-2015 - The European Commission has stated that the use of the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) in cosmetics products is safe at the right levels, but that the concentration limit should be lowered. ...

CFDA issues notice of 'IECIC 2014' cosmetics inventory list

07-Jul-2015 - China's FDA has issued a notice regarding the revision of IECIC 2014, which includes the addition of nine ingredients to the inventory and new product names for 111 plant ingredients.

Hong Kong warns public of 'excessive mercury' found in skin care cream

02-Jul-2015 - Hong Kong's Department of Health has appealed to members of the public not to buy or use a cosmetic cream product as it may contain excessive mercury.

How YOU can navigate China's regulations on imported cosmetics

01-Jul-2015 - In an effort to standardize cross-border e-commerce procedures, China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) is set to release detailed regulations for the industry. This Cosmetics Design gallery breaks down...

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