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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 is first country in Australasia to ban cosmetics animal testing

02-Apr-2015 - The New Zealand parliament has voted in an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act that aims to outlaw the testing of any type of cosmetics on animals.

Special newsletter - Men's grooming

How to keep male grooming products on the right side of the law

25-Mar-2015 - We talk to an expert about regulation in the male grooming category, throwing light on some of the specific challenges that anti-aging, hair loss and shaving products present in the...

CFDA to tighten supervision around cosmetics

24-Mar-2015 - China's FDA has announced its' plans to tighten the regulation around cosmetics in the country.

Guthy-Renker facing lawsuit following hair loss complaints

23-Mar-2015 - Dallas-based firm Christiansen Davis has filed suit in a California federal court after multiple women claimed to have suffered severe hair loss after using ‘Wen Hair Products’. 

Regulation Explained

Importing cosmetics to China? Here’s how the regulation looks…

17-Mar-2015 - The Chinese cosmetics market is a growing one and has become appealing for many major brands around the world, particularly with its booming skin care segment. Here, we speak to...

Hot topic

New cosmetics Bill in South Korea has regulatory 'loopholes', says HSI

17-Mar-2015 - While a cosmetics Bill requiring the mandatory use of alternatives in South Korea has been introduced, the Humane Society International says there are still regulatory loopholes that must be closed....

University of Karachi sets up dedicated Halal product testing lab

11-Mar-2015 - The University of Karachi’s (UoK) International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), has turned its attention to dedicated testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up...

Clearasil maker challenges India's call for 'animal origins' to be declared in cosmetics

05-Mar-2015 - The Delhi High Court has been challenged on a notification that requires cosmetics packaging to indicate if it contains any ingredient of animal origin; - a green dot for 'vegetarian' and a red/brown one...

Taiwan to revise cosmetics statute following major inspection

18-Feb-2015 - Following 'relatively high rates of reports of violation' with consumer products, Taiwan's FDA has carried out a major inspection of the labeling and content quality of some widely-used cosmetics.

Pressure mounts on New Zealand to end cosmetics animal testing

18-Feb-2015 - Animal rights groups are turning on the pressure in an effort to persuade authorities in New Zealand that the practice of cosmetics animal testing should be banned.

Korean authorities crack down on counterfeit facial masks

12-Feb-2015 - The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has seized more than 100,000 counterfeit products of the well-known face mask brand; ‘Leaders Insolution’ from a Chinese-owned factory, close to the border of...

Police in Vietnam seize counterfeit cosmetics heading to China

11-Feb-2015 - The spotlight was back on fake cosmetics last week, after police in Vietnam arrested a man near the border of China, suspected of manufacturing and selling counterfeited cosmetics.

New India Cosmetics Bill comes with 5 year jail sentence for violators

28-Jan-2015 - The new Drug and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, if it comes into effect, will see anyone in violation of the clinical trials procedure facing a jail sentence of up to five years....

Can cosmetics brands help consumers keep their eyes healthy?

26-Jan-2015 - Insights from board certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Mirwat Sami suggest that consumers and brands alike can take meaningful steps to safeguard against eye injury.

Part II

'Brands MUST stay out of China in order to speed up change,' says HSI

22-Jan-2015 - Yesterday, Cosmetics Design spoke to Alain Khaiat about cosmetic brands opting out of China over animal testing. On his advice that the bigger players ‘cannot afford not to be present’, the HSI disagrees,...

Comment

Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

21-Jan-2015 - While the ruling to end mandatory animal testing for most cosmetics in China came as good news on June 30 - the law only refers to domestic firms, meaning international...

ASEAN cosmetics committee updates safety bill

20-Jan-2015 - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Cosmetics Committee has agreed to new regulations on cosmetics in a bill that will improve consumer safety and crack down on misleading advertising....

Korean Ministry notifies WTO that it intends to amend cosmetics regulation for imports

15-Jan-2015 - South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it intends to amend quality control regulation with regards to imported cosmetics as...

Korea animal testing ban joy may be 'premature' as formal agreement needed on ingredients

14-Jan-2015 - Although included in Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) draft five year plan to phase out of animal testing for finished cosmetic products and ingredients, there is...

Korea proposes animal testing ban on finished cosmetics

06-Jan-2015 - A decision has been made proposing a ban on finished cosmetics product testing on animals in Korea, making it the second country in Asia to do so.

China to introduce 'supervising regulation' for online cosmetic sellers

17-Dec-2014 - The China Food and Drug Administration has published a draft regulation for public consultation that will tighten the control of online sales of cosmetics.

Industry runs into harmonisation issues with Taiwan's revised chemical Act

16-Dec-2014 - Following the revised rules of Taiwan's Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, the industry has noted the biggest problem to have been achieving registration harmonisation between EPA and MoL rules.

Raw milk bath product recalled following toddler’s death

16-Dec-2014 - Having been linked with a toddler’s death in Victoria and a number of other cases of illness in young children, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers that...

China cosmetics rank high in chemical risk list

10-Dec-2014 - China has 'once again' been named the front-runner of a "hit list" of dangerous products, according to the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (Baua)....

Cosmetics labelling in Australia gets regulatory attention

09-Dec-2014 - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has redoubled its attention to the thoroughness of product labelling and as well as the validity of product claims.

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