China May Adopt Animal-Free Cosmetics Testing Method
Just yesterday we wrote about Taiwan’s parliament passing legislation to end cosmetics testing on animals by 2019. Now, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) has reported that they have received news from China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) officials that “for the first time in China – data from a non-animal test method will soon be recognized for safety evaluations of cosmetics.”
According to IIVS, the test, known as 3T3 Phototoxicity assay, “measures a chemical’s potential to cause harm after exposure to light” and has undergone formal validation internationally:
“A subsequent inter-laboratory evaluation of the test was conduced in China with input from IIVS. Once the method is officially published by CFDA, it can be used to substantiate the safety of cosmetics, personal care products, and their ingredients.”
Erin Hill, the co-founder and president of IIVS noted the significance of this move, stating:
“The anticipated publication by CFDA is an extremely important step for China. It clearly demonstrates China’s commitment to modernize their testing requirements and reduce their reliance on animal models.”
According to PR Newswire, China’s cosmetic market is now “the world’s second largest cosmetics consumer market second only to America, with the annual volume of retail sales approximating RMB200 billion,” making this potential decision of CFDA all the more significant.
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