Animal Alternatives

3D Printed Skin Animal Test Alternative

May 8, 2015

San Diego-based Organovo announced a partnership with cosmetics giant L'Oréal to develop 3D bioprinted skin tissue for the beauty product testing.

Taiwan Proposes Animal Testing Ban for Cosmetics

Apr 28, 2015

Legislator Wang Yu-min and the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) proposed a bill advocating the #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign, which would ban the animal testing of cosmetics in Taiwan.

South Korea May Be Ending Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Jan 13, 2015

Reports are circulating that South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) has published a "5 Year Plan for Animal Welfare" that establishes a plan to phase out animal testing for cosmetic products and eventually cosmetic ingredients.

L'Oréal Obtains Business License to Market Chinese Episkin

Oct 8, 2014

L'Oréal was granted a Chinese business license for Shanghai Episkin Biotechnology Ltd., the company it created to market the Asian version of its reconstructed skin model Episkin.

State of São Paulo in Brazil Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Jan 24, 2014

This ban in the Brazilian state follows a ban from India, Israel and the European Union, as well as debate and potential regulation changes in countries like China.

Liverpool Student Develops Alternative to Draize for Testing Mascara Irritation

Jan 8, 2014

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a testing method alternative to the Draize test for mascara eye irritation using protozoa rather than animals. In addition to the new method not using rabbits, it was found to be cheaper and more reliable.

CeeTox Inches Closer to Validating Non-Animal Skin Allergy Assay

Aug 13, 2013

CeeTox has reported positive results from the recent phase of a PETA-funded validation study performed by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)’s Applied BIO & Molecular Systems (ABS) team.

A Synthetic Tissue-based In vitro Ocular Irritation Assay

Jul 1, 2012Stewart J. Lebrun, Lebrun Labs, CA USA

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.

Microfluidic Testing for LLNA Replacement

Mar 1, 2010Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

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.