The Chinese authorities have agreed that "ordinary*" cosmetic products can be exported to China without being tested on animals by the Chinese authorities before being placed on the market. This is on condition that manufacturers present a certificate of compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices, issued by the competent authorities of their country of origin, as well as a product safety assessment.
Thanks to the mobilization of French cosmetic companies and health authorities, France is the first country among the European Union States to be able to issue this certificate. This decisive step is the reward for many years of efforts by the sector to encourage the Chinese authorities to abandon tests, which have been banned in France, as in the rest of the European Union, since 2009.
The testing of cosmetic products on animals had already been banned throughout the European Union since 2009. But some countries, including China, were still conducting tests on imported finished products before authorising their marketing on their territory. These tests were carried out by local health control authorities and not by brands.
The cosmetics industry has therefore committed itself to these countries to have alternative methods to animal testing recognised and to move towards a total and definitive elimination of these tests.
These efforts had already started to bear fruit. Thus, since June 2014, certain products manufactured and marketed in China (shampoos, shower gels, make-up) were no longer tested on animals. Only cosmetics for "special" use, such as hair dyes and sunscreens, and all imported products remained concerned.
Today, a new step has been taken, since "ordinary" cosmetic products exported to China will now also be exempted from animal testing, provided that they present a certificate of compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and a safety assessment. In France, the ANSM (Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament) will issue this certificate to manufacturers. Since January 12, 2021, the ANSM has put online, on a dedicated platform, the documents required to obtain this certificate, thus allowing all French cosmetics manufacturers to export more easily to China.