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Section: Testing > Animal Alternatives
Animal Testing for Cosmetics Banned in Virginia as of 2022
"The more states that adopt this legislation, and Virginia being one of the first, has really helped push forward the federal legislation ... [W]hat we really do need is a harmonized law across the U.S.”
Dec 30th, 2021
Humane Cosmetics Act Brought Before U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), Humane Society of the United States, and Humane Society Legislative Fund applauded U.S. Senators and Representatives for bipartisan efforts to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act.
Dec 9th, 2021
ECHA on Combining Animal Alternative Data to Assess Sensitization
The ECHA recently published guidance for REACH registrants on reliably combining different sources of animal alternative-derived test data to assess the skin sensitizing potential of chemicals.
Nov 23rd, 2021
New Jersey Bans the Sale of Out-of-State Cosmetics Tested on Animals
While the state had already banned animal testing for cosmetics where alternative methods exist, the law extends its reach to ban the sale of such cosmetics from outside of the state.
Nov 9th, 2021
Givaudan Joins Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration
Givaudan has also pledged to contribute to real-world case studies in animal-free safety assessment.
Givaudan International SA (GFI)
Sep 17th, 2021
[updated] Report: EU Parliament Accelerates Plan for Animal Testing Ban
Members of the European Parliament reportedly passed a resolution calling on the European Union to expedite the ban on animal testing, "as soon as scientifically possible."
Sep 16th, 2021
The Body Shop, Unilever Defend Cruelty-free Testing, Call for Paradigm Shift
While Europe has banned animal testing for cosmetics, the REACH regulation permits it for chemicals. A recent Unilever paper calls for a paradigm shift to close this gap; in the meantime, The Body Shop and Dove have partnered with Peta and CFI to defend cruelty-free testing.
Sep 6th, 2021
Report: Mexico Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics
The new law was championed by the Humane Society International/Mexico and ONG Te Protejo.
Sep 3rd, 2021
MSL Solution Providers Tests Microbiological Profile with VeganSure
The VeganSure solution tests products for antimicrobial efficacy using non-animal derived culture media. These plant-derived or synthetic alternatives are registered with The Vegan Society’s Trademark and have been adopted by the likes of The Body Shop.
Aug 9th, 2021
Industry, NGOs Claim REACH Amendments Could Increase Animal Testing
Industry and NGOs are calling out the European Commission's amendments to REACH to clarify animal testing requirements, highlighting how they likely will increase the use of animals.
Jul 30th, 2021
BASF and Givaudan Develop First OECD-Approved Animal Test Alternatives
The OECD has, for the first time, approved a non-animal strategy to assess skin sensitization based on three tests. In addition, the Kinetic Direct Peptide Reactivity Assay was approved to predict the intensity of reactions. All tests are the results of BASF/Givaudan joint efforts.
Jun 29th, 2021
UK Government to Certify Cosmetics for Animal Test Exemptions in China
Cosmetic brands and companies manufacturing in the United Kingdom may now obtain a Good Manufacturing Practice certificate from the government exempting them from animal testing.
May 12th, 2021
IBA Responds to 'Save Ralph," Issues Statement Against Animal Testing
The IBA has issued a statement in support of the complete elimination of animal testing for establishing the safety of cosmetics.
Apr 12th, 2021
China Finalizes Animal Test Exemptions, CSAR Requirements for Cosmetics
Exemptions from animal testing under given conditions and the finalized documentation requirements for Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation (CSAR) in China will come into full force on May 1, 2021, reports
Mar 5th, 2021
'Ordinary' French Cosmetics Become the First to Bypass China’s Animal Testing Mandate
France has become the first country in the EU to export “ordinary” cosmetics to China without testing on animals.
Jan 15th, 2021
Unilever + 484 Stakeholders Urge EU Officials: Uphold Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban
In an open letter from the industry, Unilever and some 484 additional industry stakeholders pressed European lawmakers to uphold the animal testing ban for cosmetics.
Dec 2nd, 2020
PETA’s Wheeler Scholarship Supports Non-Animal Testing
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is honored by PETA by naming a new research grant after his late mother. This grant aids in the development of using animal-alternative testing methods.
Oct 23rd, 2020
China to Accept Animal-alternative Test Data Under These Conditions
Could the animal testing mandate for cosmetics be over in China? No. At least not yet. But under given circumstances, animal-alternative test data will instead be allowed, as well as abstracts of safety assessments.
Sep 11th, 2020
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