IIVS has worked collaboratively with international governments to help them implement non-animal test methods for the regulation of products and ingredients. Since 2010 a major area of focus has been working with the Chinese government to replace animal testing for the registration of cosmetics. This work is done under a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC). Together the NIFDC and IIVS train regulatory scientists in the execution of non-animal test methods, interpretation of resulting data, and incorporation of new methodologies into Technical Standards.
IIVS is pleased to have assisted Chinese regulators in officially adopting certain non-animal methods and review many more. Currently non-animal methods may be used for the registration of regular cosmetics when certain criteria are met. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the NIFDC and other stakeholders to widen the use of non-animal methods in China.
In 2021 IIVS received a Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA). Working collaboratively with ITA, IIVS will continue its mission to assist Chinese regulators to implement non-animal test methods for the regulation of cosmetics and ingredients.