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February 12, 2019

The Growing Spotlight on Animal Testing and the Call for More Non-Animal Testing Methods

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It seems that the cosmetic industry is getting a makeover. In light of recent industry leader concerns and consumer feedback, many beauty brands are moving away from animal testing and seeking out alternative methods.

Today’s consumer is more conscientious about not only what they are buying, but the sources of those products as well. There is a growing interest in companies that are “green”, and supporting social causes, such as, the #BeCrueltyFree movement. Interestingly, this is a significant concern for

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February 4, 2019

Will the FDA Take Further Steps to Reduce Animal Testing in Cosmetics?

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The global cosmetics market, currently worth nearly $600 billion annually, is steadily growing. As the world’s population grows larger — and people live longer — the market opportunity for cosmetics grows. A recent study by Orbis Research predicted the market will reach $800 billion annually by 2023.

Yet this rising demand for cosmetics also raises serious questions about industry practices. Namely, are there sufficient laws and regulations in place to protect the consumers who use these products — and the

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January 14, 2019

Advanced Computer Algorithms Could Provide Cost-Effective Alternative to Animal Testing

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There has been a long-standing debate against animal testing from the perspective of animal welfare. While this argument may have its merits, it often demonizes scientists and companies that use animal testing. Value-based arguments rarely gain much footing and usually lack validity in certain circles. The real problem though is that the picture is incomplete. The three factors that should be under scrutiny are rarely discussed: Effectiveness, time, and economic impact. Additionally, the reduction of animal testing may not be

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January 2, 2019

What Impact Do State Laws Against Animal Testing Have on The Skin Care Industry?

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Animal testing for skin care products in the U.S. can be a highly-charged, emotional topic. There are many pros and cons on this procedure, with some states banning the process outright, without trying to find an alternative that would satisfy the needs of the industry’s human clients while appeasing the concerns of the animal rights activists. Although animal testing is not specifically required by the FDA for cosmetics, it has also not been implicitly banned at the federal level in

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December 17, 2018

Cosmetic Testing: 3 Non-Animal Testing Alternatives

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Throughout history, animal testing has been the primary tool used to determine whether certain chemicals are safe for use in humans and/or the environment. However, this method of testing poses several concerns. For example, animal testing is often harmful to the animal subjects involved, which is considered inhumane by some critics. In addition, animal testing is not always effective, providing results that may not translate to humans. Furthermore, animal testing is expensive.

All of these drawbacks have led researchers to

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