May 14, 2012
Following an initiative from PETA's US branch, Chinese officials would be
in the final stages of approving the use of the country's very first
non-animal test method for cosmetics ingredients.
According to the animal rights organization, scientists funded by its US
branch have successfully guided Chinese officials towards the recognition of
a first alternative method to animal testing.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was concerned that
despite many cosmetics companies have pledged to cease any animal testing,
they were nevertheless required to perform such tests in order to market
their products in China. PETA US thus awarded a grant to scientists at the
Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) late last year, to meet Chinese
officials and share their expertise and guidance.
May 8, 2012
Kathy Guillermo +1-757-943-7443;
+852-6718-4282 (Hong Kong, PETA Asia);
China Poised to Accept First-Ever Non-Animal Test Method for Cosmetics
PETA Grant Enables Scientists to Guide Chinese Officials
in Non-Animal Test
Beijing -- 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 US. 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 wide use in the U.S. and the E.U., is
scheduled to be accepted in China by late summer. Before now, China has
required cosmetics companies to test ingredients and products only on
PETA US awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for
In Vitro Sciences http://www.iivs.org/
late last year after learning that China was requiring cosmetics companies
Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay -- which had been on PETA's list of
companies that don't 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.
"We're delighted that this grant has
helped jump-start the acceptance of non-animal tests in China and grateful
to Chinese officials for being so open to these discussions," says PETA Asia
Vice President Jason Baker. "We congratulate them for acting swiftly to
implement the first of several available non-animal tests."
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