The newly established group was announced by China’s National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) during their 2nd International Conference on Cosmetics Alternative Methods held in Beijing on September 20-21. Chaired by NIFDC Vice Director, Lu Yong, the working group also includes representatives from several Chinese provincial government agencies and companies doing business in China such as Estée Lauder, Procter & Gamble and Clarins. The group will advise on research and validation efforts to help establish alternatives to animal tests in China.