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Alternatives to Animal Testing: A Review of Trends and Perspectives

Alternative test methods have the potential to reduce animal testing; however, the extent to which in vitro methods can be replaced is questionable. This article summarizes validated alternatives to test the safety of cosmetic ingredients. It also illustrates how great a challenge it is to devise a proper alternative method.

Ethics, Ethics Everywhere

Nowadays, however, personal care has evolved even further to encompass the root of human being-ethics and morals, where the purchase of a personal care item relates to one’s concern about the environment and animal welfare. But the involvement of ethics does not just apply to the consumers using the products; it applies to scientists conducting safety studies.

Microfluidic Testing for LLNA Replacement

The Hurel Corp. has developed a microfluidic, non-animal alternative to the LLNA and it has partnered with L’Oréal to make this approach a reality—in the form of a chip.

Researchers Develop Non-animal, Dendritic-based Sensitizer Test

Researchers from the University of Aveiro, the University of Coimbra and the University Hospital of Coimbra have developed a dendritic cell-based test for skin sensitizers that can serve as an alternative to animal testing.

Appointment of Commissioner Borg May Jeopardize Animal-alternative Test Progress

Cosmetics Europe recently urged the industry to oppose the appointment of Tonio Borg as Health Commissioner, as his "commitment to conclude the introduction of the March 2013 [animal testing] ban without addressing scientific reality or consumer needs is a great concern."

Non-animal Transdermal Diffusion Model Testing for Cosmetic Actives and Formulations

Experience the unmatched predictability of Strat-M membrane—a synthetic, non-animal based model* for transdermal diffusion testing that is predictive of diffusion in human skin without lot-to-lot variability, safety and storage limitations.

NICEATM Calls for Scientific Experts and Data on Eye Testing

The National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) is looking for scientific experts and data for a scientific review panel.

A Synthetic Tissue-based In vitro Ocular Irritation Assay

The testing of personal care products for ocular irritancy ensures their safety, proper labeling and consumer satisfaction. In relation, there is a current demand for animal-alternative tests. Thus, described here is a method using synthetic tissue to test for mild, moderate and severe ocular irritation, including data validating this method as an effective means to screen products.

EPA, L'Oréal Collaborate to Build Animal-Alternative Test Methods

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and global cosmetic manufacturer L’Oréal announced a research collaboration to develop animal-alternative toxicity tests to ensure product safety.

ICCVAM Recommends Non-animal Endocrine Disruptor Screening

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) has recommended a non-animal test method to identify estrogen agonist and antagonist activity. In addition to recommending the test, ICCVAM also found the method to provide a number of benefits over the method currently employed in the United States.

Public Comments Requested for Development of NICEATM-ICCVAM 2013-2017 Five-Year Plan

NIEHS and NICEATM invite public comments that can be considered by the ICCVAM and the agencies' program offices in updating the NICEATM-ICCVAM 2008-2012 Five-Year Plan to develop the 2013-2017 Five-Year Plan.

Colipa and EU Kick-off Animal Alternative Initiative

Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing (SEURAT), a research initiative funded by the European Union's Health Programme and Colipa, has gotten underway with a kick-off meeting, held March 1-3, 2011, in Cascais, Portugal.