China says no to animal abuse

24 October 2020 # Hope

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.

The NMPA drafted acceptance of nine test methods including:

  1. Direct Peptide Reaction Assay (DPRA) for Skin Sensitization (OECD TG 442C)
  2. Short Time Exposure Assay (STE) for eye irritation (OECD TG 491)

In an effort to modernize their regulatory oversight of cosmetics, the NMPA and its scientific subordinate body, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), have been working to gain experience and build confidence in non-animal testing approaches. Specifically the agencies are requiring in-country technical infrastructure (i.e. testing capacity) before test methods are submitted to the Experts Committee of Cosmetics Standards by the NIFDC.