THE WHAT? France is set to become the first country in the European Union to export cosmetics to China without recourse to animal testing, according to a report published by France’s beauty business association (FEBEA).
THE DETAILS China has agreed to drop its animal testing requirement for imported cosmetics as long as manufacturers can provide a certificate of conformity confirming that the product complies with various manufacturing and product safety standards.
The French health authorities have risen to the challenge and are now in a position to issue this document, ahead of their European equivalents.
THE WHY? Animal testing is a contentious practice and has long proven a barrier to selling in China for EU companies. As Patrick O’Quin, FEBEA President explains, “We are delighted with this progress, which rewards several years of efforts made with the Chinese authorities. The cosmetics sector is the only one to have completely banned animal testing in Europe, and we are happy to continue to develop regulations in other parts of the world. This agreement will also allow French cosmetic companies to export under new conditions to China. This country is today our second trading partner.”