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September 10, 2018

No Time to Lose: How Animal Testing Alternatives Save Time

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One of the biggest challenges cosmetic, pharmaceutical, or chemical manufacturers face is the time it takes to go from formulation of a product to the marketplace. Your lipstick, cleaning product or topical ointment may be poised to revolutionize its respective industry, but getting that product to market before your competitors will often determine its market share. You don’t want to rush a product to market without determining its safety. Not only is this practice unethical, having to recall a product

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July 24, 2018

The Growing In Vitro Toxicology Testing Market: What Does This Mean for Animal Safety?

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By the year 2022, the in vitro toxicology testing market is predicted to be worth approximately $8.74 billion. This represents a CAGR of 6.6%, starting from an industry that was worth $6.34 billion in 2017.

In vitro toxicology testing is experiencing this accelerated growth in part because of rising opposition to animal testing. In previous business generations, animal testing was considered the most cost-effective way to test for toxins in beauty products and other types of products. Today, this is

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July 10, 2018

Ocular Testing with the Ocular Irritection® Assay System

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The Invitro Irritection® Assay System measures a person’s eye sensitivity and irritation to chemicals or substances they may have been exposed to. Unlike most other types of testing, this system is in vitro, meaning it is done without animal testing. The results of this standardized test can be set up as a yes/no or pass/fail objective or as a quantitative measure. It works by using changes of relevant macromolecules to predict the ocular irritancy.
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June 20, 2018

Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing for Safety Evaluation

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Animal testing was once the most widely used tool to evaluate product safety. It’s still a common practice in cosmetic testing, depending on which markets the product is being sold in. For instance, China insists that all cosmetic products are tested on animals to meet regulatory requirements for sale in their country. Animals are still widely used for testing in medical research, as well.
There are, however, other models of testing that have proven to be extremely accurate. For

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June 4, 2018

New and Alternative Strategies in Skin Irritation Testing

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Development for new topical products involves a great deal of risk assessment and safety testing. Each ingredient must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that it is safe and has a low risk of causing irritation. Before the product can be marketed, it must undergo rigorous evaluations. Traditionally, this was done via animal testing. While this method is mostly effective, there are testing alternatives that are more affordable, more accurate, and reach across a broader spectrum of variables and associated factors.

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