There is currently no official regulation to guarantee the ban will come into effect. However, WWD states there is a ‘public consultation process and fine-print to be released on how companies can file and meet criteria to forgo the testing’.
‘The language is encouraging’
Troy Seidle, Vice President of research and toxicology at Humane Society International (HSI) said: “The signals are very strong, there’s no reason to believe we’re not on that trajectory… All the language is encouraging.”
The charity added the ban would be effective from January 1, 2021 – if it is passed.
‘Special-use’ cosmetics such as hair dye and sunscreen will still undergo mandatory animal testing and post-market product testing could still occur.
“Companies will therefore not be considered cruelty-free just yet if they enter the Chinese market,” popular Instagram account Cruelty-Free Kitty said.
“Nevertheless, I’m remaining hopeful that China will soon completely step away from animal testing as part of both pre-market and post-market animal testing. This new regulation is a giant step in the right direction, so let’s hope it becomes official.”