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GAME CHANGER: China Takes Step Toward Non-Animal Testing

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The Chinese Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding [MOU] with an organization committed to innovative non-animal tests.

The MOU was signed this week in collaboration with the nonprofit Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. [IIVS] – which urges governments to accept non-animal testing methods.

China currently requires cosmetics companies to test on animals in order to sell their products on the Chinese market.

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IIVS was awarded a grant by PETA that allowed expert scientists to travel to China and offer guidance in replacing animal-testing methods with non-animal ones.

Under the MOU, IIVS will provide government leaders and scientists with training on animal-free testing methods.

As part of its outreach program, IIVS will be educating Chinese officials on alternative methods of testing through science-based advocacy.

PETA is hoping that the new MOU will accelerate the acceptance of animal-free testing methods by China.

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