May 9, 2019
Gaithersburg, MD – May 8, 2019 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) has received a grant from the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) to support its annual training of Chinese scientists in non-animal testing methods. As part of the agreement, two scientists from BASF SE, a member of EPAA, will join IIVS to provide hands-on training in China for four non-animal approaches for skin sensitization. This training follows the recent announcement by China’s...
DPRA | Short Time Exposure | Cosmetic & Personal Care | Alternative testing in China | Alternative Testing Methods | BASF SE | China | DPRA | EPAA | Erin Hill
April 3, 2019
Gaithersburg, MD – April 3, 2019 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) applauds China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) for their acceptance of certain non-animal (alternative) test methods for the regulation of cosmetics. In a notice issued on March 22, the NMPA drafted acceptance of nine test methods including:
Direct Peptide Reaction Assay (DPRA) for Skin Sensitization (OECD TG 442C)
Short Time Exposure Assay (STE) for eye irritation (OECD TG 491)
These new regulations will go into effect January...
DPRA | Short Time Exposure | Cosmetic & Personal Care | Alternative testing in China | Alternative Testing Methods | China | Erin Hill | NIFDC | NMPA | OECD TG 442C
March 22, 2019
We are pleased to share that today China’s National Medical Products Association (NMPA) has approved new methods for the regulations of cosmetics. Among these are two in vitro methods: DPRA for skin sensitization and the Short Time Exposure (STE) assay for eye irritation. IIVS’ International Outreach Program introduced these methods during its training program with NMPA and we will continue to support their implementation in key laboratories....
DPRA | Short Time Exposure | Cosmetic & Personal Care | Alternative Testing Methods | China
October 17, 2018
By Amanda Lim, Editor (Singapore) CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com
Although China has made significant strides in moving away from animal testing, its challenges suggest it may take more than five years for the country to completely stop compulsory animal-testing for cosmetics, says Hedy He, regulatory analyst and editor of ChemLinked: "In the short term a total ban on animal testing is unlikely given the lack of testing infrastructure and technical capacity shortcomings of the industry."
The Overarching Issue
Among the many obstacles, the overarching one is the...
3T3 Neutral Red Uptake | BCOP | Phototoxicity | Sensitization | Cosmetic & Personal Care | alternatives to animal testing | China | Education & Outreach | skin sensitization
January 19, 2018
Recent news articles in the Washington Post and Bloomberg.com highlight China's efforts to move away from requiring animal testing of cosmetics, and the role of IIVS plays in providing much-needed training in alternative methods.
Read more about our work in China....
January 9, 2018
GAITHERSBURG, MD – January 9, 2018 – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) today announced a collaboration with BASF to import a non-animal, cell based, safety test into China. The LuSens test, developed by BASF, is an in vitro test to detect the sensitization potential of chemicals to human skin. The test was developed to be license free and shared with the scientific community at-large. It has recently been incorporated into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development...
ARE-Nrf2 Luciferase Keratinocyte Activation Test Method | Agro/Petrochemical | Cosmetic & Personal Care | Fragrance & Flavors | China
November 14, 2017
GAITHERSBURG, MD – Nov. 14, 2017 – The Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZJIFDC), responsible for regulatory review of food, drugs, and cosmetics produced in Zhejiang province, has opened a non-animal testing laboratory after successful scientific collaboration with IIVS. Based near Shanghai, the ZJIFDC made the decision to open the new lab back in 2013 to keep in line with China’s increased interest in alternatives to animal testing. In preparation, ZJIFDC partnered with IIVS to receive technical training...
October 24, 2017
IIVS President, Erin Hill, talked to Allure magazine about efforts to phase out animal testing of cosmetics in China and replace the practice with non-animal methods. The article, which appears in the November issue, examines that while animal testing is nearly non-existent in the U.S. and officially banned in the E.U., China’s regulatory agencies require animal testing of imported cosmetics and domestically manufactured ones, with some exceptions. Hill goes on to talk about the collaboration between IIVS and the Chinese...
Cosmetic & Personal Care | China
September 7, 2017
GAITHERSBURG, MD – Sept. 7, 2017 – Bo Li, General Director of the CFDA’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) and Erin Hill, President of US based non-profit, Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring non-animal test methods to China for the regulation of cosmetics and ingredients. The move re-affirms and expands a three-year partnership between the NIFDC and IIVS.
Currently China has mandatory animal testing for many products, including special...