The Chinese government have taken another step towards reducing animal testing for cosmetics. This could have a dramatic impact on the number of cosmetic companies who can be labelled as cruelty-free.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed by Bo Li, Director General of the CFDA’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control and Erin Hill who is the President of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS).
IIVS is a non-profit organisation working towards non-animal methods to reduce the need for animal testing.
Currently, China requires cosmetic companies to test their products on animals to sell to the Chinese market. Some cosmetics companies, including Avon and Estée Lauder, which were previously cruelty-free paid for animal testing after they expanded into the Chinese market as a result of these requirements from the Chinese government.
This makes the cosmetic industry even harder to navigate as a vegan with parent companies which may test on animals.
IIVS have received funding from PETA to travel to China and educate leaders in the Chinese government as well as scientists there about cruelty-free ways to test that cosmetic products, and their ingredients, are safe for human use.
According to the MOU, IIVS will continue to provide training and the two groups will now work together to build confidence in new non-animal methods which will continue to fulfil requirements of cosmetic safety reviewers in China.