Speculation it could end mandatory animal testing seems unfounded
A Shanghai-based pilot scheme that aims to simplify the filing system for general cosmetic imports is to be extended to an additional ten Chinese free trade zones (FTZs).
When it began in March 2017, the scheme led to one animal rights NGO speculating that it would lead to an end to mandatory animal testing.
Now, the China Food and Drug Administration's has said the scheme will also be in force in: Chongqing; Fujian; Guangdong; Henan; Hubei; Liaoning; Sichuan; Shaanxi; Tianjin; and Zhejiang.
The scheme, announced on 12 March, applies to companies importing non-special use cosmetics into a FTZ for the first time. It means the same product cannot be registered in two scheme ports simultaneously.
Two of the additional FTZs – Guangdong and Zhejiang – have already announced the opening of the scheme, with the rest expected to follow shortly.
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