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How the Good In Vitro Method Practices Guidance Document Can Help Implement New Toxicological Approaches: A Case Study in China

October 17, 2018
Currently China is striving to adopt and implement non-animal, including in vitro, testing approaches for the safety assessment of cosmetics and ingredients.  Collaborative efforts between industry and the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS, Gaithersburg, USA) have focused on the transfer of several OECD Test Guideline methods to government laboratories in China and have supported the creation of an in vitro toxicology testing laboratory within the Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (Hangzhou, China).  Recently BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and IIVS...

China’s Compulsory Animal Testing for Cosmetics May Take More Than Five Years to Stop

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...

IIVS in the News: Recent Articles Highlight Work to End Animal Testing in China

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....

IIVS and BASF Collaborate to Distribute Test Method to Replace Animal Testing 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...

IIVS Announces the Opening of a Non-animal Testing Laboratory in 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...

IIVS in Allure Magazine – President Erin Hill Talks About Non-animal Testing of Cosmetics in China

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...

Chinese FDA and IIVS Re-affirm Their Collaboration for Non-animal Tests

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...

IIVS Attends Congress on Alternative Methods in Guangzhou China

April 21, 2017
IIVS President, Erin Hill, and scientist, Quanshun Zhang attended the Congress on Alternative Methods in Guangzhou China. Dr. Zhang presented on the newly adopted 3T3 Phototoxicity Assay. ...

Director of CFDA, National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) Visits IIVS

December 15, 2016
Composed of 11 technical institutes, the NIFDC is responsible for the registration and post market surveillance of drugs, traditional Chinese medicines, medical devices, food and cosmetics. In addition to inspecting and testing these products for safety, the NIFDC publishes National Reference Standards for testing methods (such as the newly published standard for the In Vitro 3T3 NRU Phototoxicity test) and provides technical assistance and guidance for provincial control institutes. Dr. Li Bo, Director of the NIFDC, visited IIVS to gain a...

US Institute Trains Chinese Scientists from Zhejiang FDA in Non-Animal Test Methods

August 31, 2015
GAITHERSBURG, Md.- In an effort to reduce the number of animals used in the registration and testing of cosmetics in China, US non-profit laboratory, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), provided in-depth training for two scientists from the Zhejiang Food and Drug Administration’s Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZJFDA IFDC). The course focused on laboratory techniques using more predictive and human relevant test methods such as reconstructed human skin and eye models. The training was designed to assist...