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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!

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.

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...

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