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June 27, 2016

China lab and Humane Society International collaborate to promote animal-free testing for cosmetics

Agreement with Guangzhou CHN-ALT Biotech signed during sixth annual training on animal testing alternatives held in China

Humane Society International

  • HSI and Guangzhou CHN-ALT Biotech Co. Ltd sign MOU. HSI

WASHINGTON, DC—Global animal welfare leader Humane Society International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Guangzhou CHN-ALT Biotech Co. Ltd. to collaborate on a number of educational projects focused on cosmetic safety testing to promote modern, non-animal techniques in China. Signing of the MOU took place on the occasion of China’s sixth Workshop and Training of Alternative Methods, held June 19-22 in Guangzhou, attracting more than 200 participants from Chinese cosmetic companies, regulatory bodies, private and academic research institutions, and other stakeholders.

The workshop, organized by the Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Technology Center and the Guangdong Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences with support from HSI, featured 22 expert presentations together with hands-on training in state-of-the-art in vitro (cell-based) techniques recognized internationally as animal-free replacements for eye and skin irritation and skin sensitization tests. Since 2013 more than 1,000 Chinese scientists have received hands-on training in alternative testing methods through the annual conference.

This event was also host to the first in-depth exchange between China, the European Union and Japan regarding adoption of available, validated non-animal testing approaches, current research efforts to establish “adverse outcome pathways” (AOPs) as a next-generation approach to alternatives, and future trends in research and regulatory policy. International experts encouraged the active participation of Chinese institutions and enterprises in the development and acceptance of internationally recognized animal testing alternatives.

Presenters included experts from HSI’s China regulatory affairs advisor, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the Japanese Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Nutritional Sciences SIBS-CAS, Shanghai Episkin Biotechnology Ltd., Jinan University, Jiangnan University, L’Oréal (China) R&I Centre, and Estée Lauder Asia Pacific R&D Centre.

The MOU between HSI and CHN-ALT provides for:

  • Co-organization and financing of training videos and annual hands-on training workshops
  • Translation of OECD test guidelines and AOP-related guidance to increase their accessibility to Chinese authorities and scientists
  • Co-development of the Chinese-language website www.vitrotox.com as a hub for non-animal testing and AOP-related materials in China

Troy Seidle, HSI director of research & toxicology, said: “We are delighted to launch this groundbreaking partnership with CHN-ALT to support an ongoing program of education and training in China in the application of superior non-animal testing tools for safety assessment of cosmetics, chemicals and other regulated products.”

Prof Cheng Shujun of CHN-ALT said: “Recent updates to safety assessment regulations around the world have increased demand for non-animal testing tools. We are very happy to collaborate with HSI to co-construct a platform that promotes the development of internationally validated alternatives and recognition within China of the most updated testing strategies. We are looking forward to multidisciplinary collaboration and the shift to a 21st century toxicity testing system in China.”


Media contacts:

UK: Claire Mansfield, cmansfield@hsi.org,

China: Tina Qu, tqu@hsi.org

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