The Chinese government have announced that the law that made animal testing compulsory will finally be lifted for all cosmetic brands by 2020.
The beauty industry in China is worth a massive £28 billion and is a tantalising market for beauty brands looking to branch out and crack the global market.
While appealing, many brands balk at the regulations in place that require all cosmetic brands to submit their products for animal testing in order to sell them in China – even if they’ve proven to be safe through other means.
The new legislation will come into effect on 1 January 2020, which is good news to animal and beauty lovers in China and across the world.
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) have announced that after years of lobbying, the Chinese government has approved nine non-animal–based testing methods.
The new regulations are set to become the preferred testing method for the registration and pre-market approval of products.
The IIVS has worked with China’s National Medical Products Association (NMPA) in an effort to modernise their regulatory oversight of cosmetics.
The NMPA scientific subordinate body, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) have been training scientists in numerous test methods, including the recently approved non-animal test methods.
The new training facilities and alternative laboratories have also been opened in order to help increase experience and confidence with the new methods before the legislation comes into effect.
President of IIVS, Erin Hill said: “We have seen first-hand how the partnership with NIFDC and our training program have built capacity and proficiency in alternatives,”
“The opening of the alternatives laboratory at the Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZJIFDC) is a wonderful example of how laboratories can expand to offer training and testing services in alternative test methods.”
IIVS collaborates with other influential groups in China, such as the Expert Committee of Cosmetics Standards and Cosmetic Review Committees to advocate the use and acceptance of alternative test methods.