Animal test ban for general-use cosmetic products in China 

NMPA (National Medical Products Administration) published the final version of “Administrative Measures for Cosmetic Registration / Notification Dossiers” on 04 March 2021. In the paragraph 33 it is clearly defined under which preconditions a toxicological testing for general-use cosmetics such as shampoo, lipstick, day cream and etc. are not demanded. The Measures will take effect from 1st May 2021.

Toxicological testing, which is always associated with animal testing in China, can be banned if the manufacturer can guarantee the product safety via:

  1. the manufacturer owns an official production management qualification certificate such as GMP from the competent authority in the country of origin.
  2. Safety assessment of cosmetic can proof the safety of product.


There are 3 exceptions for animal test ban, i.e. 

  1. baby products, 
  2. cosmetics contained new raw materials and still in the 3-year monitoring period,
  3. the applicant, the domestic responsible person and the manufacture as key regulatory object.

Special cosmetic products as sun protection, whitening products and etc. remain toxicological test i.e. animal testing as before.