CFDA Approve Two More Animal Testing Methods

  •   24 Aug 2017
  •    Jo Zhou


    CFDA just approved two more testing methods for cosmetics —— In Vitro Skin Corrosion: Transcutaneous Electrical Resistance Test (TER) and Skin Photoallergy Test.

    These two methods still involve animal testing. The testing methods will be used for cosmetic toxicological assessment and will be designated as test No.19 and No.20 in the “Cosmetic Safety and Technical Standard”. The Transcutaneous Electrical Resistance Test(TER)is to evaluate if chemical ingredients in cosmetics are corrosive to mammalian skin and the Skin Photoallergy Test is to check if repeated use of a cosmetic will cause photoallergy.

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    Please see the definitions of animal testing. 3T3 and TER both could be treated alternative to animal testing. Animal testing usually refers to any experiments using living animals, rather than dead animal. Therefore, the title of this article is not right!