„Animal testing for “no special-use cosmetics” (now called “general-use cosmetics”) made in China has been banned since 2014. Imported cosmetics without product registration, i.e. with no animal testing, are allowed to be sold on cross-border ecommerce platforms, however not at physical shops for general trading.
NMPA (National Medical Products Administration) published the “Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers” on 4th March 2021. In paragraph 33, it is clearly defined under which preconditions a toxicological testing for general-use cosmetics are not demanded any more. The measures took effect from 1st May 2021.
Toxicological testing, which is always linked with animal testing in China, can be banned if the manufacturer can guarantee the product safety via:
- The manufacturer owns an official production qualification management certificate such as GMP or ISO issued by competent authority in the country of origin.
- Safety assessment of cosmetic product can confirm the safety of product.
However, there are three exceptions, and they are:”