In fact, Mary Kay’s commitment to the elimination of animal testing also has been demonstrated over the years by:
- Sponsoring the First International Forum on Cosmetic Technology and Applications – Alternatives to Animal Experimentation for Cosmetics in Beijing in April 2011 organized by the China Cosmetics Research Center in the Beijing Technology and Business University.
- Being one of the first companies to meet with Chinese safety authorities to discuss alternative testing methods.
- Serving as one of the first companies to work directly with dermatology experts used by the Chinese government in their review process of alternative testing in lieu of animal testing for cosmetic products. In fact, Mary Kay sponsored a symposium for dermatologists in China on the use of human clinical methods for product safety in 2007.
- Being one of only two cosmetic companies listed as scientific contributors to the first book in Chinese describing alternative principles and applications.
- Hiring one of the world’s leading scientists on animal alternatives who was one of the founders of IIVS and its former Chief Scientific Officer, as Mary Kay’s principal scientist for product safety.
- Donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University.
- Partnering with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) since the 1990s and its Science Advisory Panel in 2009.
“Mary Kay has individually supported a training course about safety testing using non-animal methods by sponsoring a workshop at the IIVS laboratory for Chinese regulatory scientists in 2010,” said Erin Hill, Vice President with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc.
Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing on its products or ingredients, nor ask others to do so on its behalf, except when absolutely required by law. There is only one country where the company operates – among more than 35 around the world – where that is the case and where the company is required by law to submit products for testing – China.
Lange added: “Mary Kay has been working very closely with the Chinese government for many years now to demonstrate that alternative testing methods ensure safe and effective products. We hope our efforts as the first cosmetics company to join the International Outreach Consortium of the IIVS, along with our long track record of past and present activities, will be instrumental in the Chinese regulatory authority’s evaluation, validation and eventual acceptance and adoption of alternative testing methods.”