Chinese FDA Poised to Accept Its First Non-Animal Method to Test Cosmetics

The Chinese FDA has announced that it is in the final stages of approving the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake (NRU) Phototoxicity test as the country’s first non-animal method to assess the safety of cosmetics. This non-animal method (OECD TG 432) is used to test chemicals for their potential to cause toxicity after exposure to light. The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (Gaithersburg, Maryland)—which the PETA Science Consortium International proudly sponsors—has been integral in the education and training of Chinese scientists on the use of non-animal methods, such as the 3T3 phototoxicity test.