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CHN: China poised to accept first non-animal test method for cosmetics

Chinese officials are in the final stages of approving the use of the country’s very first non-animal test method for cosmetics ingredients, thanks to guidance from scientists funded by PETA. The 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight and is already in widespread use in the U.S. and the E.U., is scheduled to be accepted in China by late summer. Until now, China has required cosmetics companies to test ingredients and products only on animals.  

PETA awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) late last year after learning that China was requiring cosmetics companies Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay – which had been on PETA’s list of companies that do not test cosmetics on animals for decades– to pay for tests on animals in order to market their products in China. Scientists from IIVS traveled to China several times to offer their expertise and guidance.
 

Jessica Sandler
People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA)
Posted on AltTox.org
May 8, 2012


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