The cosmetics industry in Asia is experiencing a shift towards the adoption of non-animal test methods. Some countries (including India) have adopted complete bans on animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients, while others (such as Korea) have partial bans, or are introducing alternative methods and moving towards legislation (including Japan and Thailand). China recently recognised a regulatory in vitro test for the first time. The recent acceleration of such an approach provides clear advantages for animal welfare, as well as enabling the use of state-of-the-art science to protect human safety. In addition, the adoption of in vitro methods provides a cost-effective alternative to animal tests and opens up regulatory acceptance for Asian cosmetic products and ingredients in Europe, adding further commercial incentives. Dr Carol Treasure, XCellR8’s Founder and Managing Director, was invited to write a short overview for Personal Care Asia magazine, looking at the current technical and regulatory status of non-animal tests, and summarising key European regulatory requirements, such as REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation. You’ll find the article on page 19 of this month’s Personal Care Asia, or download it here. Please feel free to let us know your thoughts and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our social media channels. We’re keen to support and contribute to the further adoption of animal-free testing in Asia.
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