December 13, 2016
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India has prohibited an animal test specifically used on rabbits called the Draize Irritation Test.
The Draize Irritation Test is used to measure eye and skin irritation using rabbits. During this test, rabbits are locked in restraints and a test chemical is applied to one of their eyes or to the shaved skin on their backs.
The notification that announced this prohibition was released on November 4, 2016. The notification also identifies the use of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development which validates non-animal alternatives for cosmetic testing.