China and Animal Testing

Animal Testing Rules of Cosmetics in China

Animal testing of cosmetics has been a controversial subject in China for a long time. There are those who believe that this is a cruel practice that shouldn’t be allowed at all. Yet the government has held the idea that animal testing of cosmetics is necessary, and for that reason, legal frameworks have been set up to implement such. Chinese animal groups insist that laws requiring animal testing are a grave violation, since they subject animals to torturous experiences. Any imported cosmetic products must go through animal testing for them to be used in China. This has been the trend in the country. However, it’s worth pointing out that there have been developments that are worth exploring. Learn much about the whole issue below.

Animal Testing for Cosmetics Use

There are laws that currently give guidelines about animal testing of cosmetics in China. To begin with, imported ordinary cosmetics require animal testing. What this means is that any cosmetic products coming into China must undergo animal testing. If the product is for the Chinese market, then it must go through testing. For domestically produced ordinary cosmetic products, there is no legal requirement for animal testing. Also, domestically produced cosmetic products for foreign markets do not require animal testing. This means that as long as the market is not for the Chinese market, then there is no legal requirement for animal testing. A critical analysis of these laws reveals that Chinese authorities don’t allow imported cosmetic products to be sold to the Chinese people without going through animal testing.

Is There Any Hope for Abolishment Of Animal Testing?

According to an article by the Daily Edge in March 2019, there is a ray of hope for those who have been advocating for the abolishment of animal testing. Chinese authorities pointed out that post-market animal testing of cosmetics is not a normal practice. In response, the Cruelty Free International asserted that the declaration by Chinese authorities on the matter was a step in the right direction. The CFI had advocated for this for a long time, and now that the government has shown its commitment in doing away with animal testing, there’s hope in saving animals from these cruel testing processes. Though the declaration by the Chinese authorities does not mean that there’s an automatic end to animal testing, it’s an indication that with concerted efforts and cooperation, the issue will soon be a thing of the past.

Alternative Ways to Test Cosmetic Products

Since animal testing of cosmetics has been a contentious issue in China for a long time, there have been prospects of coming up with alternative ways of testing cosmetics to avoid the mistreatment of animals. According to an article published by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2019, the Chinese government approved two non-animal testing methods for testing cosmetics in China. The two methods are: the direct peptide reactivity assay and the short- term exposure assay. With these two non-animal testing methods, there is, finally, light at the end of the tunnel.

Certainly, animal testing of cosmetics in China has been a heated debate for a long time. While the government has had its reasons for continued animal testing, animal groups have held on to their conviction that this is an unnecessary cruelty against animals. However, with the recent developments, China can only wait and see how things will turn up.

As a company we at Alluring Alice are 100% opposed to animal testing, and therefore any products we have manufactured in China comes with a guarantee that no part in its creation is tested on animals, and we will not export to the Chinese market unless and until this a law to end animal testing comes to pass!




PETA. (2019). New Cosmetics Testing Regs in China Could Spare Thousands of Animals. PETA.

The Daily Edge. (2019). This is what China's new animal testing laws mean for the beauty industry. The Daily Edge.