The growing opposition to animal testing is driving research in in-vitro testing, especially for cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. The in vitro sector has recently experienced a number of technological advancements that have increased the usefulness and reduced the cost of these methods, while offering an alternative to animal testing. Some business sectors have completely replaced animal testing with in-vitro testing, particularly cosmetics intended for use in the European Union (EU). Other sectors use in-vitro testing to refine procedures, thus reducing Blog
Animal testing was the mainstay when it came to creating products that were safe for humans, primarily because there simply were no alternatives. Fortunately, researchers have developed many new non-animal tests that benefit both humans and animals.
About Alternatives to Animal Testing
Alternatives to animal testing are those methods that “replace, reduce or refine” the use of animals in research and testing. People sometimes refer to this as the “Three Rs” of testing. This concept of using non-animal tests Blog
In March of 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a document outlining a multiyear plan for identifying alternative testing methods that will reduce the use of animal testing. The EPA’s strategy is to reduce and eventually eliminate chemical testing on all vertebrate animal species, which necessarily includes mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians alike.
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The vast majority of cosmetic companies no longer need to test their products on animals in order to assure their customers will be safe. Company decision-makers and government officials alike have learned that they can instead rely on technology such as in vitro testing to provide accurate results about the chemicals in their products. But what about the many other industries that still use animals for answers? Will this trend continue across the board? There’s recently been a major push from Blog