Week 2: Animal Testing Regulation
For Regular Cosmetics, animal testing and pre-market approvals are not required, unless there are “new ingredients” being used. However for Regular Cosmetics, in the past few years, there have not been any “new ingredients” being used within the industry. The uses of “new ingredients” within cosmetics are mainly for the purpose of Functional Cosmetics. For example, a company may wish to add a new anti-cancer ingredient within sunscreen to fight skin cancer, therefore this functional “new ingredient” for cosmetics will need to be tested on animals, as required by law. Furthermore, if a product claims to have a new purpose or a new dosage, animal testing may be required by the FDA.
Week 1: Regular Cosmetics vs Functional Cosmetics
Did You Know? In Taiwan, cosmetics are categorized as 1) Regular Cosmetics and 2) Functional Cosmetics. Current Taiwan legislations require all cosmetics to follow the “Positive lists of permitted preservatives and colorants” and to avoid banned ingredients. Cosmetics testing is also categorized as 1) Ingredients testing and 2) Finished product testing.