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China's NMPA approves two animal-free cosmetic testing methods but still a long way to go

March 2019


China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has approved two animal-free cosmetic testing methods but it is still a long way from banning animal tests completely.


The NMPA drafted the acceptance of nine test methods including two animal-free tests: Direct Peptide Reaction Assay (DPRA) for Skin Sensitization and Short Time Exposure Assay (STE) for eye irritation. From January 1, 2020 – these tests will be the preferred toxicological tests for the registration and pre-market approval of cosmetic ingredients, but not final formulations.


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