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Nine New Non-Animal Cosmetic Tests Approved in China, Bringing the World a Step Closer to Ending Animal Testing

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Currently, China is the only country on the planet to require animal testing on cosmetics. But thanks to animal rights groups pressuring the Chinese government to cease animal tests, the country has loosened its regulations several times in recent years. Most recently, China approved nine new methods of pre-market cosmetics testing that do not involve animals.

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit organization that researches non-animal (in-vitro) methods of testing, shared the news in a press release on EurekAlert! on Wednesday, April 3. As the IIVS explained, on March 22, China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) officially approved nine methods of non-animal methods of pre-market cosmetic testing. The tests include Direct Peptide Reactivity Activation Assay, which can determine how skin will react to a product, and Short Time Exposure Assay, which studies eye irritation potential.