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China Comes Close to Ending Routine Post-Market Animal Testing — A Small But Powerful Step

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There is only one country on the planet that requires cosmetics to be tested on animals: China. That means that if a beauty product you love is on the Chinese market, it cannot be certified cruelty-free. But that fact just might be on its way to changing, because from now on, China will no longer conduct routine post-market testing on cosmetics, Plant Based News reported. That said, there are a lot of details to the news, and it's important to note that plenty of other animal testing is unfortunately still compulsory in China.

Post-market testing is the process of conducting various tests on cosmetics after they hit the market. Previously, China's post-market process required routine tests on animals, in addition to the pre-market animal tests the country still requires on all cosmetics before they hit the market. Earlier this month, China’s Gansu Province National Medical Products Association announced that post-market testing in China will no longer include animal tests, Global Cosmetics News reported. The new regulation will apply to all cosmetics products, whether they are imported or produced in China.