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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!

PETA takes on Hindustan Unilever, P&G & L’Oreal for animal testing

17-Sep-2014 - PETA India and its global affiliates are launching an online campaign aimed at the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA) and its group of members which includes brands like L'Oréal,...

India applauded for its 'major achievement' at animal testing alternatives congress

11-Sep-2014 - India’s 'major achievement' in banning animal testing for cosmetics was highlighted at this year’s 9th World Congress on alternatives and animal use in life sciences.

Industry: consumers are not getting the right information about chemical risks in cosmetics

29-Aug-2014 - The industry has spoken out on apps like 'Toxfox', designed to help consumers find chemicals in cosmetics, stating that the context of concentration levels and health risks is not being...

China says celebrities must use the products they endorse

28-Aug-2014 - Proposed revisions to China’s Advertising Law will include a requirement that means celebrities must use the products before putting their endorsement to them.

Australia looks into gamma butyrolactone ban in cosmetics

28-Aug-2014 - Australia’s Department of Health (DoH) is seeking public comments on its proposal to ban the use of gamma butyrolactone in cosmetics. 

ASCI publishes new guidelines for skin lightening products

26-Aug-2014 - Skin lightening has been hitting the headlines in India for all the wrong reasons of late, which has prompted the country’s advertising standards board to publish new guidelines.

Pressure mounts to end cosmetic animal testing in Australia

21-Aug-2014 - With a growing list of countries ending animal testing for cosmetics, an open letter to the Australian government signed by cosmetic executives aims to end the practice there.

Triclosan concern spreads to Asia...

20-Aug-2014 - Colgate’s Total toothpaste was found to contain triclosan on the US market last week. Now, more of the brand's products have been found to contain the same chemical alongside other personal care...

Is fragrance allergy partly psychosomatic?

28-Jul-2014 - Scientists in the US have been conducting research that suggests some individuals with allergic reactions to smell may be caused by what they think they smell, rather than the actual...

IBR confirms it is up to date with China FDA IECIC

24-Jul-2014 - Following China’s FDA publishing a final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China, natural active supplier IBR has announced all of its ingredients are now fully compliant.

Australia Dept of Health moves to ban DBP in cosmetics

23-Jul-2014 - DBP, used as a perfume solvent, skin emollient or plasticiser in nail polish could be banned as soon as October 1st in Australia, due to its’ classification as a reproductive...

Toxicology consultant opens Hong Kong office for cosmetics compliance

17-Jul-2014 - Toxicology consultant company Delphic HSE Solutions will open a regional office in Hong Kong, which will help it enter the Asian certification market.

CIRS advises industry to check final version of IECIC

08-Jul-2014 - China’s FDA has published a final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China (IECIC 2014), listing some 8783 ingredients.

What the new FDA guidance on nanomaterials means for cosmetic players

02-Jul-2014 - Last week the FDA issued new guidance that aims to create a clearer framework to identify potential safety issues for nanomaterials used in cosmetics.

China ends animal testing on regular cosmetics

02-Jul-2014 - China authorities have continued to make steps toward the ending of animal testing on cosmetics by ceasing mandatory testing for ordinary cosmetic products produced and sold in China.

Advertising Standards Council of India comes down on cosmetics ads

02-Jul-2014 - Latest figures from the Advertising Standards Board of India (ASCI) show that complaints against adverts for personal care and health care products are being upheld far more than any other...

India FDA cracks down on cosmetics manufacturers

25-Jun-2014 - The Indian Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on four cosmetics manufacturers in Pune, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur after finding them to be operating without valid licences.

Malaysia Health Ministry advises consumers against two cosmetic products

19-Jun-2014 - The Health Ministry of Malaysia has advised consumers in the country against buying two specific cosmetic products, claiming they both contain potentially toxic ingredients.

Regulatory body counters discrimination in India’s skin lightening advertising

17-Jun-2014 - The advertising standards regulator of India, ASCI, has released draft guidelines which aim to challenge those advertising campaigns which plug skin lightening, or ‘fairness’, products by means of the promotion...

CFDA calls for public comment on cosmetic ingredient inventory

12-Jun-2014 - The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has put out a call for public comment regarding its proposed second draft of the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in the country.

L’Oreal to limit wastewater as multinationals clean up their acts

05-Jun-2014 - Consumer goods multinational L’Oreal has announced a partnership with water treatment service provider, Veolia, which will tackle the problem of wastewater discharged from the beauty giant’s factories in Indonesia....

Animal Testing Ban

India publishes new rule banning animal testing in cosmetics for good

28-May-2014 - Last year animal tests were removed from the cosmetics standards testing in India, and now a new rule has been published banning the practice from the industry for good.

Minnesota takes the lead in banning Triclosan

21-May-2014 - The state of Minnesota may have set a precedent by becoming the first in the United States to ban the anti-bacterial agent triclosan from use in a range of cosmetic...

Australia recommends ban on DMEP phthalates in cosmetics

13-May-2014 - The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has assessed the health risks of DMEP, particularly from repeated or prolonged exposure, from its use in cosmetics and recommended a...

India proposes a ban on imports for animal-tested cosmetics

08-May-2014 - The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has introduced a draft notification to ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals abroad; in a move which would extend the...

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