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China plans revised regulations on animal testing

China is expected to release revised regulations on animal testing later this year, with the goal of improving the treatment and welfare of animals in its laboratories. According to the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control, the revised regulations will include more clearly defined procedures to ensure animal welfare and ethics, as well as strengthened supervision and regulation.

About 12 million mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and monkeys are used for scientific purposes in China each year.

About 12 million mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and monkeys are used for scientific purposes in China each year.

In a similar move, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration announced last year that it would loosen its regulations surrounding animal testing for cosmetics starting in June 2014. While animal testing is legal in approximately 80 percent of the world, China is the only country where it is mandatory for all cosmetics and beauty products sold within its borders. Unfortunately the new regulations would apply only to domestically produced, “non-specialized” cosmetics, such as shampoo, soap, and certain skin products.

Current regulations already require groups conducting research on live animals to procure a permit from the authorities, however so far few if any facilities have been punished for animal welfare and ethics violations. Striking a balance between reducing the number of animals used and achieving objectivity in experiments has proven very difficult — labs adhering to EU standards can find it difficult to expand in China because of space needs and various other costs.

A rising number of multinational pharmaceutical companies are outsourcing their animal testing to China, in part due to pressure from animal rights groups in their home countries.

2 Responses to “China plans revised regulations on animal testing”

  1. Sergern
    May 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Its support for further R D at the IIVS, known for advancing testing alternatives, first occurred following the animal protection organisation’s findings that international brands Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay Cosmetics were paying for animal tests, despite their free-from-animal-testing position on PETA’s cosmetics companies list.

    • Charla
      July 31, 2017 at 8:57 am #

      It’s a joy to find somenoe who can think like that

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