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Compulsory Animal Testing for Cosmetics abolished

According to China’s National Medical Products Administration(“NMPA”), animal testing for the development of ordinary cosmetics is no longer mandatory in the People’s Republic. The regulation came into effect this month. Previously, cosmetic products such as shampoo, moisturizers, shower gel, lipstick, lotion, or makeup had to be tested on animals before going on the market. To test a moisturizer for skin irritation, for example, rabbits were injected with an active ingredient and occasionally dripped into their eyes. Unnecessary suffering, say animal rights activists.

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