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The fight to end animal testing has won another victory as China has announced it will remove its mandatory animal testing requirements. This will apply to all of its domestically manufactured cosmetic products in a move celebrated by the Humane Society International and their Be Cruelty-Free campaign.

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For the first time ever, Chinese companies that produce “non-special use cosmetics” such as shampoo or perfume will be able to use alternative testing methods. This means they can avoid having to submit product samples to the government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats. Instead they have the option to use existing safety data for raw ingredients, or European Union-validated non-animal tests.

China is considering expanding these regulations – which will come into effect in June 2014 – to imported products. If it goes ahead then US based companies that do not test on animals will be able to enter the lucrative Chinese market.

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