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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!

Microbeads to be ditched in Australia as early as 2017

11-Feb-2016 - Australia is gearing up to join other countries across the world in phasing out microbeads from its personal care and beauty products.

Malaysia stepping up regulatory enforcement for cosmetics

04-Feb-2016 - In a move which taps into a rising focus within beauty on regulatory alignment, Malaysia has stated it intends to get tougher with its domestic cosmetics regulation.

India must align regulatory framework with Europe, says L'Oreal chairman

03-Feb-2016 - Loic Armand, president of L’Oreal, has said that India must bring its cosmetics regulation closer in line with that of the European Union.

Taiwan to ban estrogens in cosmetics

28-Jan-2016 - The Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan has announced that three types of estrogen will be banned from use in cosmetics, due to their carcinogenic nature.

Seoul Secret Thailand offers public apology for ‘racist ad’

26-Jan-2016 - Seoul Secret, a Thai beauty brand whose recent 'White makes you win' advert caused worldwide controversy, has now offered a public apology.

South Korea ups investment in alternative testing

21-Jan-2016 - While South Korea has been working on alternative testing that will fall in line with EU or OECD guidelines for some time, government officials have now proposed a $12.6m budget to further...

China FDA releases final amended version of IECIC

13-Jan-2016 - In recent years, China's FDA has made a habit of announcing the implementation of new or updated cosmetics regulations each January in its efforts to fall in line with international...

Seoul Secret lands itself in hot water for 'whiteness makes you win’ campaign

12-Jan-2016 - Thai skin care player Seoul Secret has received backlash for a skin-whitening beauty-from-within campaign after it went viral for featuring actress, Cris Horwang attributing her success to her pale complexion alongside a "whiteness...

FDA Philippines warns about cosmetics on the market without 'authorization'

17-Dec-2015 - The Philippines FDA has warned consumers to be wary of some imported cosmetics which have not been through its quality or safety tests.

Cosmetics SMEs to feel the brunt of India's rise in trademark registration fees

10-Dec-2015 - While the fees are still considered to be reasonable by international standards, Asia's smaller cosmetic corporations will be hit by a hefty rise in registering their trademark in India.

Chemical safety heading towards animal-free assessments with €50m investment programme

04-Dec-2015 - Cosmetics Europe and the EU’s FP7 have each contributed half the funds towards a €50 million European public–private partnership (PPP) – the largest of its kind – as it looks...

Eco&more is the first Chinese company to join PETA's cruelty-free cosmetics list

03-Dec-2015 - In a historic move for China, Shanghai-based personal-care company Eco&more has become the very first domestic company to join PETA's cruelty-free list of firms to ban animal testing on their products, formulations, or ingredients....

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.

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