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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!

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.

Are you up to date with cosmetics regulation across Asia?

20-Jul-2016 - ChemLinked Cosmetic Portal, a market information provider on regulation and compliance across Asia, has begun launching a series of ‘cosmepedia’ aimed at equipping beauty industry professionals with country-specific regulatory knowledge.

India advertising watchdog finds 27 health and personal care ads 'misleading or unsubstantiated'

12-Jul-2016 - The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has found 27 recent complaints in the Health Care & Personal Care category to be valid, and has upheld the criticism against the...

What is halal skin care and makeup, and what are the trends?

06-Jul-2016 - Halal is becoming big business for the beauty industry globally, and particularly in Asia: a central focus for this week’s in-cosmetics Korea event, we take a closer look at the...

India set to overhaul drugs and cosmetics legislation

29-Jun-2016 - India is moving towards a shake up in its cosmetics regulation in order to keep up with the rapid pace of today’s innovation, with its union cabinet having just withdrawn...

Scientists believe ‘systematic review’ will ease concerns around cosmetics chemical safety

24-Jun-2016 - According to researchers at the University of Lancaster, lessons from the field of medicine could help provide clearer answers to concerns around chemical safety, particularly in the case of the...

Animal testing ban will 'stifle innovation’ and ‘threaten’ Australian beauty industry

21-Jun-2016 - The incoming ban on animal testing poses a specific threat to cosmetics testing in Australia, according to the Australian Society of Cosmetics Chemists (ASCC).

Palm oil giant drops lawsuit against RSPO

14-Jun-2016 - IOI Group, one of the largest palm oil producers in the world, has dropped a lawsuit it had previously brought against the sustainability body known as the Roundtable on Sustainable...

Philippines FDA warns against cross-border cosmetics e-commerce

08-Jun-2016 - The Department of Health: Food and Drugs Administration in the Philippines has issued a warning to consumers about the online purchasing of beauty products from overseas vendors.

Australia ready to ban animal testing

07-Jun-2016 - Testing beauty and personal care products on animals will be banned by July next year in Australia, as the country follows a long list of markets in outlawing the testing...

India puts five-year anti-dumping coumarin duty in place

01-Jun-2016 - The Indian government has extended its anti-dumping duty on cosmetics and personal care ingredient coumarin, in order to limit the impact of cheap imports from China undercutting the domestic market.

Taiwan animal testing ban moves a step closer

26-May-2016 - A proposed ban on testing cosmetics products and ingredients on animals has passed a key government committee in Taiwan, meaning it will now go forward for a full parliamentary debate...

Australia's proposed chemicals regulation will 'increase complexity'

25-May-2016 - Australia is in the process of trying to simplify its regulation of industrial chemicals, including many used widely across the beauty industry, but various brands and bodies have expressed concerns...

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

19-May-2016 - Specialty chemicals firm Sirona Biochem has announced that its new skin lightening compound has recently gone through safety and efficacy testing that has brought the innovation a major step closer...

Cannabis cosmetics under question in Malaysia

18-May-2016 - With interest in the potential of cannabis in cosmetics products on the rise across the globally, Malaysia’s health ministry was recently forced to investigate claims that domestic retailers have been...

Unilever struggling with Indonesia halal certification

17-May-2016 - Unilever, keen to tap into the rising market of halal consumer goods across food and personal care, is up against a challenging situation in Indonesia.

Iran welcomes K-beauty with reduced regulation

12-May-2016 - K-beauty is set to enjoy yet another export boost as Iran becomes the latest country to facilitate imports of Korean cosmetics.

J&J under pressure to prove product safety in India

11-May-2016 - Johnson & Johnson is facing pressure in India after losing two recent high-profile lawsuits in the US from women who blame its talcum products for their development of ovarian cancer.

Industry to take the lead on China beauty regulation

05-May-2016 - China is gearing up to shift responsibility for cosmetics and personal care regulation away from external and governmental bodies, giving it instead to the industry itself.

Global plantation company commits to fully traceable palm oil

28-Apr-2016 - With sustainable palm oil a hot topic for the beauty industry, companies are mobilising to meet demand for full traceability, with Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) having just committed to achieve a...

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