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China Will No Longer Require Animal Testing On Cosmetic Products

The Chinese government has announced that, by 2020, long-contested laws that deemed animal testing compulsory will finally be lifted.

A huge move for the industry. 

According to a press release issued by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), the new regulations – which include nine non-animal based methods – will become the preferred testing method for the registration and pre-market approval of products.

Historically, the £28 billion Chinese beauty industry was under strict instruction from the government to submit all cosmetic products for animal testing if they want to sell them in China, despite how safe they may have otherwise been proven to be.

However, after years of lobbying, the IIVS has announced that the Chinese government has approved nine separate methods, with the new legislation coming into play in 2020.

The IIVS has worked with China's National Medical Products Association (NMPA) to help modernise its regulatory efforts and move away from animal testing. 

These new regulations – which will include both skin sensitisation and eye irritation tests – will go into effect from January 1, 2020 and will be the preferred toxicological tests for the registration and pre-market approval of cosmetic ingredients.

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