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Cruelty Free International in China


Cruelty Free International (the global organisation founded by the BUAV) Director of Policy, Dr Nick Palmer, is in China this week meeting with key decision-makers in the Chinese regulatory authorities, responsible for regulating cosmetics testing in the country. China is currently the only country in the world which requires animal testing for cosmetics.

Cruelty Free International has established the China Task Force with leading companies, the cosmetics industry and regulators to improve the situation. Our goal is to gain acceptance in China for the well-established and validated methods that are available as an alternative to cosmetics testing on animals. Dr Palmer will be discussing with the Chinese authorities a road map for the government to remove this barrier to ethical trade and allow cruelty-free cosmetics in China.

Dr Palmer is also giving a keynote speech at Asia’s premier cosmetics industry event, the Asia Cosmetics Innovation Summit 2013 in Shanghai. Cruelty Free International is the only animal protection organisation speaking at the event.  With an audience of the region’s leading cosmetics industry and regulators, his presentation is titled 'Will Asian Markets Follow the European Ban on Animal Tests for Cosmetics?’.