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Super Contributor
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Registered: ‎11-08-2011

China and the European Union - Animal Testing

This is my understanding of the current situation regarding animal testing in China and in the European Union:

CHINA

Since 2014, China no longer requires animal testing for certain products (excludes sunscreen for example, which still must be animal tested) sold and/or produced in China. However, this change does NOT apply to imported products. Imported products are still required to be animal tested. Unless this has changed, I could not find anything stating the contrary.

http://www.animal-ethics.org/china-lifts-requirement-animal-testing-some-cosmetics/

EU

Since March 2013, the European Union ban on animal testing came into effect. Cosmetics can no longer be tested on animals in the EU or elsewhere for products sold in the EU. However, if a company, either based in the EU or elsewhere - continues to conduct tests on animals outside of the EU, this company can still sell its products elsewhere, although it will not be able to sell such products in the EU.

In other words, no products in the EU will have been animal tested, but that does not mean that products from a same company will be animal test free in another country. As the linked article speculates, it could be that a product from a company is sold animal-free tested in the EU, but another version that has been animal tested is sold outside the EU.

http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/en/the-solution/animal-testing-for-cosmetics-in-europe-final...

http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/consumer/the-eu-animal-testing-ban

NOTE: The US has no ban on animal testing

Super Contributor
Posts: 1,288
Registered: ‎11-08-2011

Re: China and the European Union - Animal Testing

I posted this in February. I am resurrecting it as promised.

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Registered: ‎06-13-2012

Re: China and the European Union - Animal Testing

Interesting, thanks for posting. I am surprised I didn't see this the first time!