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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!

India bans import of animal tested cosmetics

15-Oct-2014 - India has become the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia having banned the import of animal tested cosmetics, only months after the implementation of a national ban on cosmetics...

Animal testing declines in New Zealand, but campaign to end it lives on

14-Oct-2014 - The number of animal tests has declined significantly in New Zealand, but the Humane Society International says it will continue to put pressure on until the practice is totally outlawed.

Baxter Laboratories develops new in-vitro skin testing method

09-Oct-2014 - Australia-based Baxter Laboratories has developed an in-vitro skin compatibility and safety test which targeted the move away from testing products on animals.

American Chamber of Commerce urges China to “adopt international best practices”

09-Oct-2014 - The Chinese government has been called on to “adopt international best practices” with its' cosmetics regulation by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

P&G ad criticized for slight against Unilever product

29-Sep-2014 - Procter & Gamble’s Olay Sensitive Body Wash has been recommended to drop print and online ad claims that Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is ‘harsh’ after brand owner Unilever complained...

PETA India launches campaign to pressure big cosmetics player

25-Sep-2014 - PETA India has launched a campaign in which it claims that the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA) is wilfully challenging moves to make the country’s beauty industry cruelty-free.

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...

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