With encouragement and financial support from PETA, China will finally accept and agree to try a completely non animal cosmetics test for the first time. This is great news for the cruelty free movement and a major step in curbing animal testing.
CHINA’S TESTING LAWS
China’s animal testing laws is one of the biggest barriers for the non-animal testing world. As they require by law that all products sold in the local market must be tested on animals. This is regardless of any safety tests done in the product’s country of origin.
The Chinese market is huge and there is a very high demand for cosmetics and skincare products there. In the chase to boost sales, many former cruelty-free brands have lost their status as cruelty-free.
APPROVAL OF THE NEW TEST
With the approval of this test, hopefully more cruelty-free will enter the market. China is still a long way off from a complete ban of animal testing. Fortunately however, their cosmetic industry is definitely moving in positive direction.
PETA will be introducing this summer the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay test. This method tests for potential toxicity when exposed to sunlight. This is a test that U.S. and the E.U. currently use.
According to Amanda Nordstrom, from PETA’s beauty without bunnies program, “Cosmetics companies selling in China can now choose to submit data from this non-animal test method, instead of paying for a cruel and deadly test on animals, to meet the requirements of safety evaluations for a substance’s potential to cause damage when exposed to light.”
You can check out more about this test at Cosmeticsdesign-Asia and on PETA‘s website. China will soon recognize the data from a non-animal tests for safety evaluations of cosmetics. We can now possibly forward to seeing some of our former cruelty-free brands like Avon and Estée Lauder back on the list.