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Appointment of Commissioner Borg May Jeopardize Animal-alternative Test Progress
Posted: November 20, 2012
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The industry's commitment to find animal-test alternatives was highlighted during the June 2012 Cosmetics Europe General Assembly, according to a recent Cosmetics & Toiletries report. Horst Wenck, PhD, chair of Cosmetics Europe's Strategic Project Team on Alternatives to Animal Testing, reported on the recent progress in R&D and validation.
For eye irritation, the validation study is completed and the data evaluation is in progress. Regarding genotoxicity, there are novel assays with drastically reduced false positive results and sufficient sensitivity. On skin sensitization, a comprehensive evaluation of hazard identification assays is in progress. And for systemic toxicity, the most difficult end-point, the Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing (SEURAT) program is now in its second year.
Whether such progress continues or stalls in the wake of Borg's appointment is yet to be seen.